Why I Am Running A Marathon
A few months ago, we had a working lunch with Isabel Macias. You might recall reading her recent fabulous article on Mexico City travel. As we caught up and chowed down on our Chop't salads, Isabel updated us on her training for the TCS New York City Marathon. We were thrilled when she agreed to write her thoughts on what motivates her to run. Setting a personal challenge can be scary, but in the words of one of our favorite running brands - Just Do It! Here is Isabel, in her own words, on why she is running a marathon:
The NYC Marathon is coming up, and I often get asked by family and friends,“why do so many people decide to run 26.2 miles?” I understand - it's a long distance! But, somehow it's a challenge that entices more and more people to run each year.
Running a marathon requires mental strength + physical fitness. It's a challenge that demands commitment and perseverance. Runners know that they might face pain, and there is the brutal truth that success is not guaranteed, regardless of preparation. Even these sober realities, make the journey to running a marathon worth it. The training alone helps increase endurance, makes the heart stronger and strengthens your muscles. Your heart fills with a sense of accomplishment as you train your body to run further than you thought was possible - you realize that you can push your mind beyond what are ultimately, self-imposed limits.
A marathon is not a team sport in the traditional sense. Many marathoners I've trained with tell me that you are competing against yourself. As the race approaches, I've adopted my own running affirmations to get me through each mile: There is no chance for failure; I will run to cross the finish line, even when my legs are fatigued and heavy, propelled forward by the will to compete against myself; I will not fear failure, instead I will rise to challenge it; my heart will carry me towards the finish line. #Run
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