My husband was my inspiration for my first marathon. Dave ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2008. I remember The Conversation. One spring morning in 2008, very shortly after my daughter was born (so I was exhausted, hormonal, overweight, and desperately in need of excuses to get out of the house kid-free), Dave informed me that he had decided that he wanted to train to run a marathon. At the time, he hadn't gone for a run in years. I was shocked. I think I may have cried when he told me. I was not very supportive. I was jealous. After-all, running a marathon was MY life goal, and one that I had not yet achieved.
I remember the transformation that took place in him over the following several months. He lost 30 pounds. He gained confidence as he tried something new and struggled and overcame and improved. He even started waking up early for morning runs (and Dave is not a morning person). He became disciplined where he was undisciplined for the sake of reaching his goal.
Before we knew it, it was the morning of November 23, 2008, and the race was about to start. Dave would be put to the test...would his hundreds of hours and thousands of miles of training be enough? Was the training a worthy investment of his energy? Dave put on his running clothes, drank some coffee and water, downed a bagel, and jogged to the race start. I remember seeing him at several points along the course, cold and tired, but brave, and having fun as usual (see video below!).
Seeing others strive to achieve the unattainable and ambitious suddenly makes that impossible goal possible for us. It empowers us to try new things. It reminds of dreams we once had or places a mirror in front of us to keep us accountable to the things we said we hoped to accomplish. It helps us to have the courage to put ourselves out there...to grow and to change.
I'm grateful to be married to someone who did (and does) this for me. Very shortly after completing his marathon, Dave encouraged me to sign up for a half marathon. I followed through, and in the process, rediscovered my love for running. Next, I finally registered for and completed that marathon.
Dave's inspiration for his first marathon were two friends, John, his best friend from college, and Rob, a mentor and coworker. Who inspires you today? How can you encourage others with your bold actions?