Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Marathon

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." ~TS Eliot






I guess this post could go two different ways...I could tell you all the things that went wrong in the marathon...my knee situation, the freezing-cold-windy weather, my over-hydrating resulting in way too many port-o-potty breaks, the long 5 hours it took to finish...
Or I can tell you about all the beautiful things. The friendships I made throughout the training, the unbelievable support I received from my family at mile 10, 20, and the finish line, and from my amazing friends on the last stretch before crossing the finish line. The fact that I never hit "the wall" and ran the entire time.
The emotional roller coaster one goes through when putting your body through such extreme exercise is indescribable unless you've experienced it yourself.
Of course this to me was a metaphor of life. Continuing to put one foot in front of the other even when you don't think you can. Relentless forward motion until you see the finish line. I'm sure I don't have to point out the symbolism.
But I did it. It's done. I'm a marathoner. Probably will stick to running halves for the rest of my life, or maybe a few sprint triathlons....but it was a great experience. One I'm glad I did. And one I'm glad is over!

9 comments:

Cassie said...

You are a rock star!!!

Mo said...

HIGH FIVE!!

Jill Calvert said...

Good job Jocalyn, Glad I was there to cheer you an at the finish line...Im so proud of you.....And your right it was really cold!!!!

Gracesmommy said...

I hear the other day that only 1% of people will ever run a marathon in their lifetime... How awesome to say that you are part of that VERY small percentage!

You should be very proud!!! My sister-in-law is a marathon runner and I had the pleasure to be at the finish line of one of her more recent ones. I cried because I was amazed at how strong she is! She is truly inspiring as are you!

GREAT JOB!

Cjengo said...

Congrats, and wonderful job! We watched for you that day as we watched the whole marathon on TV!

Dixie said...

That is so awesome!! You should be so proud of yourself. You are proof that God only gives us what he thinks we can handle. You are handling everything so well. Kendall and Kamden are very blessed.

Karen Owens said...

awesome!

TwinsRock08 said...

I am so glad I was able to have this experience with you. You are such an inspiring friend. A marathon is kind of like life, you keep putting one step in front of another and sometimes you feel you can't move another step and other times you are on your biggest high. And you better know we WILL run another one (well maybe) :) See ya Monday, dark and early.

Ashley said...

You are awesome! I have such amazing respect for you for being able to keep up with that training schedule with everything you have going on in your life--not many people would be able to do that. You are an inspiration!