“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” – Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner
The big question mark for the marathon on Saturday was the weather. It started out perfect, cool with a slight breeze, but the threat of severe weather and tornadoes loomed behind us. With a little over a mile to go we heard the rumblings of thunder, the rain began to fall and bolts of lighting cracked the sky more than once. If we were normal we would have been running for cover. But this wasn’t just any day. It was THE DAY, the one we’d been training for.
The last mile hurt. It hurt enough not to really notice the weather and to keep me focused on the finish line. My friends and I met our goal this year and the emotions came tumbling down with the rain. I am proud of my accomplishments, excited for everyone who participated and heart broken for those who were forced to finish early because of the weather.
There was a great lesson in that for me. We can be prepared, we can work hard, we can push our minds and bodies to the brink and sometimes the weather isn’t going to be with us. We’ve got to respect the “luck” factor and enjoy the journey as much as the goal. We’ve got to have faith that there will be another marathon, another opportunity and to keep on keeping on!
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