It's nearly 3 weeks since the Disney marathon. Funny how time slips away. For me, Disney and all of the memories keep me going from year to year. I realize I am not a 'REAL" runner. No one would look at me and think 'athlete'. Never. "Hitting my stride" actually means the ability to walk and breathe at the same time! But there is something deep down inside that makes me smile whenever I silently say "I ran the 1/2". I turn the words over and over in my head, wondering what ever possessed me to think I could complete 13.1 miles. The reason was crystal clear and the hope that I could finish carried me through.
This marathon is amazing from start to finish.
The place, the families, the marathon(s).
Of course, there is no argument about the place. Magical. Expensive for parents!! but absolutely magical for kids. And unlike the conference, this event is centered on our sons and today.
As I walked around, I kept thinking - I wonder if Walt Disney had any idea how his dream could grow. I am certain it is well beyond his dreams. I know the same will be true of the PPMD family. Our work, our community will do something for our sons... well beyond our dreams.
The families, the runners. This was my second year for participating in the 1/2 marathon. To be honest, just saying I was running (ok, walking fast) a marathon is funny. In my dreams, I had never, ever thought about running marathons, but the funny thing is that I love it and everything about it. From getting up at that ungodly hour of 4 AM to board the bus... from lining up with the runners and thinking how very athletic they all looked compared to me... to hearing the start signal and crossing that first 1 mile marker and that locating that place inside that believes crossing the finish line is possible... and best of all, knowing every runner is running because of something they are passionate about. Now that IS something. And the Victory party - watching our children dance and dancing with them. Magical.
Marathons. I am blown away by marathon runners. 26.2 miles might take me an eternity and the Goofy... well, there is not enough diet coke in the world to convince me on that one... but I find the 1/2 possible, dare I say -now the experienced :-) runner, even fun. I'm working myself up to the full.... that may take some time.
Join me next year??