I haven’t done a Friday Favorites post in quite a while. But something happens after you complete a marathon. Well, it happens to me anyway. I get emotional, I become more grateful, I stand a little taller. I don’t want to go so far as to say that the time on the clock isn’t the most important thing, but it isn’t the ONLY most important thing.
One of my favorite things, not only this week, but all the time, are my marathon medals. I don’t have a fancy rack for my medals. Quite honestly, I pack them away in zip lock bags and put them in a bin in the back of my closet. I really should get a medal hanger. Anyway, as I was packing up my bib and medal from Columbus, I pulled out my medals from my other marathons. Pittsburgh X 2, Lehigh, and of course Boston.
I pulled the contents out of the bags and looked at everything. Race bibs, programs, blankets, medals, and I can vividly remember every detail from each race, I mean, like they were yesterday. It reminded of me a quote from Dean Karnazes that makes me think there maybe something to the marathon experience that sharpens the memory.
“People think I’m crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.’ Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.”
But then again, they also say that you have to forget your last marathon before you can think about the next…your body can’t know what’s coming. Hmmmm.
Anyway, each of these medals mean so much to me because I love the stories and the memories that are unique each to each of them, no matter what the finish time.
Favorite Topic of Discussion: RUNNING! Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the Pittsburgh Marathon kickoff celebration event. (#GameOnePGH) I had the chance to see some good friends and chat about running – my favorite topic. All four of us run at different levels. We all have different goals and reasons we run. But one thing I noticed, despite our differences, is how we can relate to each others stories. One thing I’ve always said about this sport, is that it brings you together with some pretty amazing people. so many of you inspire me.
Since it’s Halloween, I thought I would throw in one of Cooper’s Favorites – LOL. Cooper loves Halloween! It’s his busiest night of the year and he always helps me hand out candy. I couldn’t find him a costume that suited his personality perfectly, so I just decided to throw his pirate scarf on. We had to sit in the garage this evening out of the rain, but still enjoyed the kids and all the costumes.