Now that the Boston Marathon is less than one week away, the emotional roller coaster is at full speed. It’s the convergence of two diametrically opposed emotions. The excitement of the approaching Boston Marathon is palpable, the sadness of an incredible journey is drawing to a close.
We shouldn’t be disappointed that this journey is coming to an end. We should be inspired that it ever happened.
When you cross the finish line next Monday it truly shouldn’t be the end of this journey. It should be the first step in a much longer journey of believing you can make a significant difference in the world!
Being a running coach is very similar to being a teacher…I’m on the verge of seeing my students graduate. Sports seem to evoke the strongest emotions in me. I get emotional when I see Rider on the Lacrosse field with ‘MUHR’ taped to the back of his helmet. I simply cannot contain my emotions when a Marathon Coalition runner passes me on the Boston Marathon course.
I’ve witnessed the incredible impact the Boston Marathon has on runners and that’s the perfect capstone to a training season. Looking back to the first TEAM meeting seems so long ago. I’ve witnessed a complete transformation from a group of people who were uncertain whether they could complete the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston to a unified group of runners filled with anticipation and confidence. Nervousness and uncertainty are constant companions leading up to the marathon…even for veteran marathoners.
Now is the time to set doubt aside and BELIEVE you have this. Monday is your day…the opportunity to show the world what you are capable of achieving. Nothing is stronger or more compelling than the human spirit, particularly when it is tested. That will be in full display on Monday!