NYC Marathon: A Triumph of the Spirit

November 9, 2010 at 7:28 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 7 Comments
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The NYC marathon was just this past Sunday. This annual event holds a special place in my heart and has been intertwined in my life since I was a little girl.

You see, my father was a marathon runner. He ran ten marathons in his career, including a comeback race three years after suffering a heart attack. The marathon brought the whole family together on the streets of New York where we’d wait in rain and cold to catch a glimpse of my father halfway through the race. We were all in awe of him and so proud.

When we met him at the finish line, there was always this sense of peace, mixed in with exhaustion, that took over. He was accomplished, every time, even if it took six hours. He stood there, huddled in his traditional wrap with his medal around his neck. He even gave me a few of his medals.

My father always told me that the marathon was a triumph of the spirit, and I was always in awe of those who could complete such an arduous task.

I told him when I was 18 I would run the marathon. I am now 27 and I have not come anywhere close to doing so. I have not yet developed a dedication for running. I actually did start running at the same time as I started this blog, but it only lasted for 3 months before famous excuses like business trips and summer heat got in the way. I have yet to pick up and try again.

I wonder if I ever will run the marathon. My father was in his 40s when he ran it. Maybe it’s a goal I’ll reach at a later time in my life. If I ever do, I know my father will be my inspiration.

Congrats to all the runners from Sunday’s race! You are truly an inspiration to us all.

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  1. A marathon would be a huge accomplishment for me because I am NOT a runner. If I managed to push through my hatred of running not just for a mile, but for an entire marathon… I’d faint from pride. One of my friends from college did this past one and I was clicking through the FB album of pictures her family took and totally in awe the whole time. Every single person who does a marathon is amazing!

  2. I hope to run a 10k early next year, and would LOVE to one day manage a whole marathon. I just don’t know if that’s likely!

    • a 10k is a big step! I hear that after that first 12 miles, you can’t even feel the rest. Not that I’d know for sure 🙂

  3. I used to be a runner and was on the track team. Kind of gave it up over the past few years which is just not good. Something I would like to do again in life is Run.

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