I’ve recently been on a running journey. A marathon running journey. To be fair, this is the third time I’ve embarked upon such a journey yet perhaps the first time I’ve really understood what this journey entails. And what it entails isn’t all that pretty some days. 5:00 AM runs, 14 miles on the treadmill, 18 snowy miles in sub-zero weather, a single frost bitten ear. It also entails actually running a 26.2 mile race. Which is no small undertaking. But certainly an undertaking worth conquering.
On my first two marathons I didn’t feel that I “conquered” anything. This time, though, I vow to do it differently. This time I am committed to running this race well, to not giving up along the course, to breaking that 4 hour marathon mark. Let’s do this thing!