On Saturday I looked at Anson and excitedly said, “Guess what we can watch tomorrow?!” He said nothing and just stared at me with a confused look on his face. “The New York City Marathon!” He still said nothing but his look changed from his confused face to his ‘you’re so weird’ face.
Why doesn’t everyone like to watch people running for hours? I can’t be the only one who finds race watching completely entertaining!
In all seriousness, I really do love watching the big races. Before the race even started I teared up more times than I care to admit as I listened to the stories of why people were running. In the hours before the race, no one cares about the training everyone did; but instead the focus seems to shift to the reason they bothered to put in all those hours of training. THAT’S WHAT I LOVE! I love to hear why people made the choice to lace up their shoes and head out the door for their first marathon training run.
As I watched the race coverage and constantly refreshed the tracking app (where I was tracking a lot of people that I’ve never even met), I was cheering in my own way. I saw their tiny initialed dots cross into Central Park and head for the finish line and it was inspiring–in a way you didn’t know tiny initialed dots could be! 🙂
So, to each person who ran today, I say congrats and also, thank you! Thank you for putting your fears aside and crossing the start line. Thank you for doing the best that you could on a day when maybe nothing felt right. Thank you for not giving up and for pushing even when it hurt. Thank you for your courage and your determination. Thank you for having your own reason to finish and for letting that reason carry you across the finish line. You inspired not just me today, but thousands of others who watched you run your race. Thank you for that. Maybe someday I will get to run NYC and inspire someone like you inspired me!