Time is a funny thing. If we sleep late this morning we wake up at our regular time due to daylight savings time. The fall back of the time change here in New York City is particularly fortuitous for the NYC Marathon runners, in the event they could sleep at all.
Today I’ll be cheering from the side lines. I am always moved by the determination and grit that it takes to run a marathon. I am deeply inspired by each marathoner. The early runners are great athletes who race to win. The Achilles Club athletes, some accompanied with guides, always move me, often to tears, because they transcend physical and mental barriers to get through the 26.2 miles to the finish line. And the other runners, joggers and walkers who complete the 30,000 total NYC marathoners this year trained to be able to move through the five boroughs of our city.
A shout out to my friends Julie, Jeannette, and Debbie, who I will be tracking to cheer them on at East 87thStreet, close to my office. They all trained for two years since the only options last year were solo, virtual runs. This year they’ll all start from the line up at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in Staten Island. Their first step carrying them through all that follow.
I am proud to have run the NYC marathon six years ago. I was not a runner. I learned to run slowly to manage physical limitations, including shortness of breath. It was hard to find a trainer for this type of running since most marathon trainers focused on minimizing running times while emphasizing form. So, without formal training I found the best way I could do it, slow and steady. All those cheering from the sidelines gave me the stamina to keep going. I am eternally grateful to my friends, family, and the strangers whose enthusiasm provided me energy.
Whether we can make it out to the marathon course to cheer the runners on, or whether we encourage those in our lives to follow their dreams, we may never know the full power of our support. Again and again, we hear of those who have had major accomplishments thank parents, teachers, mentors, and friends for the support they received from them. Let us all take the time, in much of the USA we now have that extra hour, to support someone in reaching his, her or their dreams. And, whether you’re running a marathon or reaching for your marathon equivalent, have the courage to ask for support. It will move you forward in countless ways.
- Run around the block. Run slowly. Notice if this run feels different than the other ways you move.
- Take one step to start something new today. Observe what it takes to take that first step. You may be pushing yourself. Take note if this step feels productive. Do you feel you accomplished something? Do you feel hopeless that you can keep moving in the direction of completing it? And do your feelings tell you something about it that is useful?
- Find the people or circumstances that inspire you. Pursue ways that you can regularly feel inspired. It awakens something deep in us.