Hot (jeez, there’s that “hot” word again) off the Boston Marathon trail, I’m back in Vermont for work. The day-after-the-day-after (DATDA) proved to be all I remember it to be from past marathons – THE WORST! So.Stiff.
What made the DATDA a little more dramatic was jumping into the car for a 3+ hour drive. I stumbled out of my car at my work location and willed my legs to cooperate. Once they got moving again, I joined my VT coworkers and began the fun retelling of the Boston Marathon. My medal
accidentally fell into my bag came along for the trip – what’s a good marathon story without a little “show & tell”?
So many people have told me that I inspire them. Wow, such a wonderful thing to hear about oneself. I think it’s less about an admiration that I can run the miles or that I had the guts to complete the task in the searing heat. I think it’s more about the determination that I believe I can do what I set out to do; whether it’s a marathon or a project at work that no one else wants to touch. At least that’s what would inspire me if I were in their shoes.
It’s also interesting how many people admit that “running a marathon” or more specifically “running Boston” is one of their bucket list to-do’s. To that I always reply, “You can totally do it if it’s what you want”. Now, it goes without saying that people need to make sure they’re in good health, etc but from the personal determination standpoint, absolutely go do it! Then when they offer up, “I can’t even run a mile”, I reply, “Neither could I when I first started”. And there it is. Believing in oneself is the only way to start a marathon journey or any other journey that is meant to be highly rewarding, yet not necessarily the source of immediate gratification.
Fortunately, I’ve inspired these legs to become less robotic and more fluid today. I even took the stairs this morning – down! I’m feeling good and have got my eyes on a weekend easy run to dip my big toe back in. Thankfully, the DATDA only comes once per marathon, so it’s now time to move on and set my sights on…..
….more to come on that [wink]!