Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gaining Way More Than the Money Spent

I am often questioned on why I pay to run.  Why pay for the misery and for something you can just go and do whenever and where ever?  People have even offered to pin a number on me and buy me a shirt.  Haha... yah they are clueless.   It's much more than that.  I love this quote:

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon

I had been having a really rough go at it, lots of bad run days.  I had hit a wall.  Good thing is I kept pushing at that wall.  Well last week I felt I finally broke through just a bit.  So I needed the opportunity to prove to myself I was strong enough to break that wall.  I searched for a race and signed up for a 5K about an hour away from my house and convinced my 13 year old to sign up with me. There were about 500 runners.   It turned out to be a priceless day.  Yes, I proved to myself I was on track by getting my best time yet, got an awesome shirt, great food and lots of fun after the race, but more important was the real reason I pay to run these races;

The woman who kicked butt and won the race was impressive.
But more inspiring were these runners that I am proud to say I ran with:
  • Watching my own incredible 13 year old sprint to the finish line beaming when she claims to hate running.
  • The 80 year old man I talked to while running who was running barefoot, 
  • The 80 something year old woman who was crazy fast and looked to have finished in the top 10.  
  • The 15 year old who had already in his short life had multiple open heart surgeries and finished his very first 5k that day.
  •  An 85 year old man who was the winner of over 10 Ironman competitions, 
  • The mother who sobbed as she hugged her daughter after they crossed the finish line.
  • The couple that passed me at the 3 mile mark and pushed me to stay with them just as my brain said you can't go any further.
  • The runners who were killing it and the runners who were struggling but kept moving.
  • The 499 other runners and volunteers that were out doing something good!
  • The fun time I got to spend with my daughter and watching her realize she's stronger than she ever thought!!
Lesson learned:  It's not about the money, It's about running with others and the inspiration they bring to your life that allows you to push forward and finish the race!!
I truly came away that day much richer than the money I spent!

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