I read a blog post tonight that inspired me – from a slower runner like myself. Nancy Rusho writes in her post “View from the Back – I Respect the Marathon” that after seeing an advertisement in a runner’s magazine suggesting that slower runners completing the grueling 26.2 mile race were simply crossing a line off a bucket list, she felt like she should somehow be ashamed of her running.
Rusho goes on to say that even though she did cross a line off a bucket list, everyone should be respected for moving. I agree! I’m not running a marathon because I feel like I could add to the sport – I’m running because I feel the sport can add to my life… literally. I’m over weight – I have no hope of finishing a marathon in less than 5 hours – most likely won’t finish in less than 6 hours, but I will finish and I am proud of what I have accomplished so far.
A year ago, I could not get my weight to drop below 285 lbs. Today because of running I have found myself hovering around 265 lbs and for the first time in my adult life I feel I could actually lose weight significant enough to put me into a healthy category.
Its been said before – Marathons inspire two kinds of runners – those that are competing and those that are completing – and in 26.2 miles we found room for them all.