I met some very remarkable characters at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC. I volunteered and didn’t run the race, but I did engage in some very thought-provoking discussions. Speaking with many runners and volunteers made me take a moment, sit back and reflect on the question – What lengths would I go to, in order to run a marathon?
Would I run with injuries? We all know that runners will run as far as they can, as long as they can – injury be darned. Even outside of the Nike Race, I know so many people on the “injury bench”. Despite their doctor’s warning, however, they will lace up those sneakers and give it a try, “just to see” if they’ve healed enough to run. At point would I decide to listen to the doctor and sit this race out – wait to heal and then run again? I’ve been “plagued” with Plantar Fasciitis for months now; I refuse to give in, even if it means hopping on one foot every morning until I can put my foot on the ground.
What if my finances were…challenged? Money may be tight, but I can’t help but sign up for just one…more….race… Imagine signing up for a race and by race weekend, however, you really couldn’t afford to go. Would you still go? After all, you’ve paid for the race. I met one woman who was going through very similar circumstances. In fact, I met her before I had heard about her situation. What amazed me was that in talking to her, I never would have known. She was so friendly, upbeat and cheerful! Racing does that to people. If I didn’t have the money would I race? Maybe not, but I’d still run!
What about the Disney Races? Those, and many like them, are not cheap. The race is a pretty penny, as well as, getting there, lodging and eating. I must say that Disney is my happy place, so the thought of not ever being able to go again, would be depressing. What would I give up to sign up for a Run-Disney Race?
I think that these are just some of the questions that we all ask ourselves. What length would I go to race? I’m still pondering that question. I guess it’s important to remember, the bling is nice, but it’s all about the run. Right?