I wrote those words on a piece of adhesive tape and put it on the back of my shirt for last year’s Philadelphia Marathon. I had stumbled across the phrase and thought it would be a good motivating slogan. It was.
All through the summer months and the summer miles I kept telling myself that and soon it became as much a part of me as putting on my socks and running shoes. I really was stronger than I thought I was.
In the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon around mile 20 while I was walking another runner slowly came up behind me, read the back of my shirt and said ” Thanks, Buddy.” ” I needed that.” We ran together for a few more miles talking about running, what a beautiful day it was, how much we both hurt and how sweet the finish line would look when it finally came into view.
I run marathons to make friends, have fun and to cross the finish line. The time doesn’t matter.
A marathon is my Super Bowl, World Series Game Seven and the Olympics all on the same day. I’ll never dunk a basketball or have a 90 mile per hour fastball or throw a football 60 yards.
But I have 9 marathon finisher medals. I think ten sounds like a good round number. See you in Philly in November. Serious training starts July first.