"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Common Interests

As I set out on my run this morning, I thought about the events of the previous evening.

After I left work, I met my wife Beth at my brother-in-law, Austin’s house to share what turned out to be several glasses of wine in celebration of his birthday. Joining us there were our friends Don and Kathleen, a substantial contingent of Beth’s family and Scott, John and Keith’s friend from Florida.

Having never met Scott before, we sat about making the usual, polite small talk until Keith casually mentioned Scott was training for his first marathon, the Disney Marathon in January. As you might guess, our conversation quickly changed from the, we just met, friendly banter to everything running related. From training to motivation; from shoes to Body Glide; from finishing one event to planning for the next, our dialogue became that of those who knowingly share a common interest.

And within this interest lies a certain contagious passion. Part of it is the endorphin induced euphoria gleaned from increasing one’s mileage to new levels, part of it is the personal sense of accomplishment realized and certainly for me, part of it is knowing I’m doing something many will never even consider trying.

As we talked further, I told Scott I’m contemplating signing on with Team In Training and tackling my first marathon, the 2007 Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. I haven’t made the commitment yet but I’ve been reading numerous accounts of others, like Scott who have. Talking with them and reading their stories of the trials and tribulations they experience in pursuit of this goal is both inspiring and encouraging.

Thanks for pushing me a little closer to making the commitment and best of luck in Orlando!

“Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage” - George Patton

1 comment:

Lisa said...

As someone who decided last year to run her first marathon (Chicago), I can tell you that the journey to become a marathoner is one you'll never forget.

I'm very curious to know how I'll feel once on the other side of race day. I know my life will never be the same.

Go for it..you'll never regret the decision to do the big one.