Written by Katie Hinderer, Web Editor
This past weekend I did one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I competed in the Chicago Marathon. That’s 26.2 miles of running through the city streets with about 34,000 other people. Insanity – you bet. Amazing – totally!
I stood at the starting line, with my dad and sister who were crazy enough to run it with me, and thought ‘What the heck am I doing?’ Then the national anthem started sounding over the speakers and I watched the freezing cold crowd still and look forward. And in that moment I thought, ‘This is amazing I can’t believe I am lucky enough to be doing this.’
The buzzer sounded and the thousands of people slowly surged forward. 17 minutes into the race we finally crossed the start line and began a 26.2-mile life-changing event. Sure, my time wasn’t the greatest – I finished in about 5 hours. And I’m so sore today walking looks and feels like a painful process. I don’t consider myself a hero for finishing a marathon but the life-changing part is the fact that I learned so much from the process that will get me further in life.
For instance, some days getting out to run is the very last thing you want to do. But you bite the bullet, tie on your gym shoes and hit the pavement. The same goes for anything else in life. There are days we don’t want to get out of bed, we rise anyway; days we don’t want to do homework, we pull out the pen and paper and get to it; days we want to watch movies all day, we read a good book instead.
Or even as I hit mile 14, I wondered if I could really finish the entire thing. In my training I had only run up to 14 miles, no more than that. But it’s mind over matter. I just put myself in another zone and kept putting one foot in front of another. How many times in life do we ask ourselves if we can really do something – run for class president, start a club at school, write a book, whatever. Put your mind to it and you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish.