Yesterday I ran my fifth marathon, The Boundary Bay Marathon. It was a locally run race held in Sunny Tsawwassen in Delta, BC. It was a beautiful day, clear blue skies, however it was cold, -1 degrees when we started. It was perfect running weather considering it snowed the day before. For the first 5 kilometers, I could not feel my toes, but you forget about it, when you are surrounded by Mother Nature and all its beauty.
I often get asked why I run Marathons. I run Marathons not because it is easy but because it is challenging both mentally and physically. Marathons remind me of life, sometimes it is rough going and you just want to stop and give up but then other times, it does not feel so bad, that you might actually be able to accomplish it. Mind over Matter!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” ― Henry Ford
Running is meditative for me, all you need to do is lean forward and put one leg in front of the other. You are competing against yourself, it does not matter what the next person is doing. It also allows us to be more in tune with our body, our breathing, our posture, our stride, our cadence, all of this comes into play when you are running 42 kilometers. In our society today, a lot of people are disconnected with their bodies and even their own breathing. When I run, I can feel my lungs working, my blood pumping and supplying oxygen to my muscles and the different muscles working to propel me forward.
For now I will rest my legs. Who knows I might sign up for another race next year.