The Marathon

 
My daughter Nicole completed her inaugural Marathon in Sydney yesterday …. Raising $2,500 for Autism Spectrum Australia in the process.

Over the last few weeks she described her preparations for running those 42 km, and her thoughts on her own Blog ….

The marathon is going to be hard, probably more mentally than physically now, but I plan on doing it with a huge smile on my face as I know that you put a smile on someone else’s when you chose to be generous.”

“[Raising the money] … has made all the early morning and the late night runs, the running in the heat, the miles and miles alone out there, the setbacks, the money spent, the injuries and the tears and the time away from my family training all worth it.”

“I know that I am ready, but I hope that my head will catch up with my body and join in the party as it is constantly telling me that I am crazy and that I won’t be able to do this. I hate that part of me that doubts my abilities. This is so much more than about me. This is about showing people that you CAN do things that you once thought were impossible. It’s about making a difference to the lives of people that you don’t even know by doing something extraordinary. It’s about showing my children that dreams do come true and that you should never ever give up no matter how hard it hurts.”

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It was fantastic to be in Sydney on a perfect spring day and watch her run to the Finish line at the Opera House with that huge smile on her face … Just as she said she wanted to. My son captured the moment with this shot better that I ever could.
We are all incredibly proud of her. 

 

I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible.”

John Hanc, running writer

“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he/she can dream of finishing a marathon.”

Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder:

“The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in your legs within days, but the glory of your finish will last forever.”

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