What persuades someone to take part in a marathon? Is it because people love running? Is it to show how talented you are? I would argue that for many people it’s about far more than that. To run 26.2 miles or 42.2km takes dedication and determination to succeed. It is a challenge and also an opportunity.
The road to Sparta
The Marathon isn’t about running; it’s about salvation. We spend so much of our lives doubting ourselves, thinking that we’re not good enough, not strong enough, not made of the right stuff. The Marathon is an opportunity for redemption. Opportunity, because the outcome is uncertain. Opportunity, because it is up to you, and only you, to make it happen.
That’s the opening paragraph of a fantastic article about running by Dean Karnazes – make sure that you read the rest!