I'm writing this on the heels of finishing the 2014 Chicago Marathon. So many people asked me why I chose to endure that kind of "torture". Well, I had plenty of time to think about that answer while I ran for 4 hours and 44 minutes!
I ran so that I can see what my body can do.
I ran to give myself something to work for.
I ran because the highest rewards tend to come when I'm out of my comfort zone.
I ran because I can.
During my run, I got to share an amazing experience with my sister.
I got to see a man with one arm breeze by me.
I got to see another man who was blind being led by a fellow runner.
I got to see a man propose to a woman when she ran by!
I was able to see a city cheer me and 45,000 other runners on!
I may not run another marathon. But I will continue to look for life experiences which will make me live fuller, realize my ability and appreciate my opportunity.
A side note: I came in 30 minutes past my goal time. The marathon also reminded me that you get what you work for, not what you wish for. You can do anything you want, but you need to do the work for it!