When you cross that finish line, no matter how slow or how fast,
it will change your life forever. -Dick Beardsley
I know we don’t need to be inspired to run in a marathon, but watching this video really makes me feel so blessed that I have already known how it is to run the full 26.2 miles.
Watching all those people in the starting line, I can imagine how they must be feeling, because I have been there. The mix of excitement and fear is almost too much to bear. Will I finish? Will I perform well? I hope I won’t get injured. All these and more will be running through your mind, but somehow the anxiety, the worry—all these will be thrown by the wayside once you take your first step towards the finish. It is a heady feeling, and something I am looking forward to experience again.
This is the trailer of the movie Spirit of the Marathon. Watching it never fails to give me goosebumps. Imagine seeing running legends like Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot, and Joe Henderson, and hearing them talk about running!
It is also inspiring to hear from world-class Kenyan runners on how they see marathon running. According to Daniel Enjenga who has a best time of 2:06 in the marathon:
The normal person, they want to run the marathon to make their body slim. But for us, we want to earn money. This is like a job, and I love my job….. It is not a simple job, it’s miles and miles. It’s 26 miles, It’s 42 kilometers.
It is also funny to hear an octogenarian runner talking about runner’s high: “People talk about the runner’s high. The only runner’s high I get is when I stop running.”
How I wish I can watch the full movie!