Watching the prestigious Boston Marathon 2016 was a total game changer for me ( no pun intended) as a half committed runner. Fortunately, my stars were aligned on April 18, 2016 when the world renowned Boston Marathon route unbelievably passed by the main road just few yards away from my house.
As a half committed runner which means my progress in running for the past years is more like the hilly roads of Hopkinton to Boston that goes up and down endlessly. Therefore, observing the tenacity of the Marathoners first hand made me feel like an Ostrich with my head buried under the ground.
My exuberance in anticipating for the arrival of runners was brought about by my personal research on the dynamics of marathon and to have an idea how runners survive the shift of wind direction, extreme weather condition and exhaustion on the way to the finish line.
However, as I stood there on a cool breezy sunny day for three hours, I luckily got twice more than what I bargained for. Standing by the curb I was rooting for all runners since I do not even personally know any particular runner but I know the joys and pains each one of them experience.
I was more than happy to be witnessing this historical event. Truly, my eyes were opened to something that I have never even imagined possible before. It totally made me view running a marathon in a different light. It was such an overwhelming sight to behold 33,000 people with extraordinary determination and strength make their once in a lifetime dream come true.
As one of the spectators and cheerers of thousands of running participants pumped up with adrenalin and high excitement to finish 26 miles ( 42 km,) Marathon taught me that pursuing your dream does not have any limitations except with the condition that your mind is set to achieve it. Runners who are disabled with prosthetic legs, pregnant woman with 26 weeks written on her bib, octogenarians and even a blind person ( who ran with a guide) did not consider their physical and age limitations as a hindrance to pursue 26 miles.
To accentuate the principle that all things are possible, a certain runner, Maickel Melamed a 39 year old Venezuelan fighting against muscular dystrophy finished the run at 5:30 am. If you see him on video, he could barely make a single step in the end but he made it through with the help of the people in the streets of Boston cheering for him.
Now, after witnessing all of these, so,what's my excuse? And what's yours?
Isn't it amazing how human beings' sheer persistence and will power can go a long way. Boston Marathon runners who sweated the long way to the finish line did not compete against each other but proved that nothing is impossible regardless of age, disability, sizes and shapes as long as you don't stop pushing until you reach the end. A printed shirt worn by one of the disabled runner says "The voice in your head that says you can't do it is a liar"" indeed is so true.
So don't believe it.