The Boston Marathon was just a week ago but it seems so much longer. Many runners will be returning to work today after a week of celebration and school vacation. The aftermath of significant accomplishments can be so difficult. The effort to fill this huge void can seem as significant as the effort to accomplish it.
While the memory of the entire journey will last a lifetime, the reality of life needs to be managed now. I’m inspired by so many that have already contacted me about training for the 2016 Boston Marathon and the charities that are interested in joining the Marathon Coalition. The significance of the Boston Marathon has assumed meteoric proportions after the tragedy of 2013 and the amazing celebration of 2014. This year’s marathon was more than a celebration of running, it was a celebration of life…not only for Boston but the entire world.
The memories of the 2015 Boston Marathon will sustain me until we begin training in late November. Social media will allow me to stay in contact with those I respect and care about most. As is the case with life, training for the 2016 Boston Marathon will be here sooner than we realize.
I’ve learned the best way to gain a sense of control over the passing of time is simply to live in the moment. I try not to look too far down the road for the next big event. Living in the moment of every second of the day, regardless of whether I’m enjoying it or not, despite whether it seems significant or not, allows me to feel every moment is precious…because it is!
So, while there seems to also be a huge void in my life this morning, I’m going to focus on living in the moment, savoring the experience of training 175 of the most amazing people who I’ve had the honor and privilege of sharing the past 5 months with, celebrating that we raised $1.5 million for 17 Boston-based charities and allowing the memories of this journey to sustain me until we meet again.