Hello runners, worriers, fighters,
I know you just like you know me. I see you behind your smiles and the smell of deep heat and biofreeze
I know what you’re thinking, I know how hard you’re training, and I know how you feel. It’s easy for me now to recognize you because I was you.
We’re the sun chasers, the road runners, the early risers, the pain ignorers (is that a word??)
If you met me a year ago, just like you I wasn’t always sure of what I was doing. Someone had told me I’d better just run for fun and forget the marathon because it’s too hard. Someone else even told me that I wasn’t fit enough to complete such a challenge. My own demons also got me discouraged as a shin splint left me helpless for weeks, unable to put on my favorite neon running shoes.
But while I kept running, I always thought of my future: what would my marathoner self say to me in a year?
A year ago I went to bed dreading the ring of the alarm. Now I wake up before the alarm and turn it off while singing “Good morning sunshine”.
A year ago I would be worried of thirst on the run, grabbing bottles left and right at water stations. Now I just enjoy a small sip while I share what I have with my running buddy.
A year ago I discovered what it meant to be so tired you can’t sleep. Now I know that a cold shower is better than sleep!
A year ago I felt guilty for not seeing my friends, having to ditch them for running training. Now I have friends who understand what it means to honor my commitments.
A year ago when I talked of travel, I imagined sunny beaches and lazy afternoons. Now I imagine straight long roads for a steady pace, and optimal racing conditions to beat my PB.
A year ago I was easily agitated and hesitant. Now I am relaxed and self-assured.
A year ago when someone told me they ran a marathon, I thought what a weird individual. Now I know they must be the most focused and determined person.
Because a year ago I didn’t know what running a marathon was.
It’s like nothing else you will ever do in your whole life. It’s the best thing you will ever do for yourself.
Even though my 542 coach said I could do it (thanks coach Walid), even though statistics said I could do it (thanks 542), I didn’t believe it until I did it. And now I’m telling you, you can do it!
Running a marathon will not only change your body, endurance and strength- it will change your brain structure and the way you deal with everything in life…
The impossible will be possible. A year from now, I promise you, you will feel it too.
You will know what it means to be 542.
So cheers to you, the real you whom you haven’t met yet. Cheers to the first time you will meet yourself when you cross the 42k finish line.
Hello! I’ll be there waiting for you.