There was a time about eight years ago. I remember it pretty clearly. I was upstairs in the UNI Dome Athletic Media Relations office in the morning. My friend Eric was in marathon mode and I was considering starting to train to do one as well. As I sat there, I thought for a moment that I could do it, but then quickly shot down the idea.
I was a tennis player and had never run more than a mile or two at a time. Running a marathon just wasn’t possible.
Because I knew the decision to actually do this and go after 26.2 miles, I tracked the progress of this journey for everyone to see the ups and downs. Let me tell you, I wanted to quit at times. But I’m glad I didn’t.
I kept going. And here I sit, writing this a week after crossing the finish line of the 2012 San Diego Marathon, tired, sore and unbelievably excited. I truly never thought I would be able to cross that line and when I saw it for the first time as I rounded my final hill, I knew I was home. I knew that all the hard work, the pain, the challenges were worth it.
What did I learn in becoming a marathoner?
It’s simple. Dreams are hard. And anything worth doing is a challenge. And you have to put one foot in front of the other. And you have to take the uphills with the downhills. And you have to embrace the unexpected. And you have to breath. And you have to enjoy the moment.