Tuesday, March 16, 2010

26.2 miles + endurance x heart = marathon

Wow!  That's worth repeating....

26.2 miles
+ endurance
x heart

This was on the front of my running group's shirt for the session.  I picked it up this morning at Speedwork.  I didn't notice what it said until I got it home.  And when I read it, well, I got a little choked up.

Just a few years ago, the idea of wanting to run every day, to take the time to commit to my well-being, to my health, was absolutely foreign.  So the idea that I could complete not one but two marathons.  Unbelieveable.  Running is so incredibly empowering.  No matter what your goals are.  Whether you want to run fast or far or both fast and far.  I've never met such a supportive community in my entire life.  The running community embraces all who tow the line.  Fast, slow, fat, thin, optimistic, grumpy, experienced, novice.  All are welcome.  Because the common denominator that binds us all is heart. 

From our hearts comes the hope, the belief, the confidence that we can achieve all that we wish.

I'll never qualify for Boston.  That's not part of my plan.  I may never break a 9 minute mile ' although I'm going to try.  But I will finish the Leadville 100.  When I saw the shirt this morning, I just knew Leadville would happen.

Hope you all are having an awesome week.



  1. Aww.. that's a really nice way of looking at things. I have no doubt you have the heart to run 100 miles in Leadville.

  2. Great t-shirts! And you never know, you might qualify for BQ. If i keep steady with my current finish times, I'll qualify when I'm 70. ;D

  3. You are so inspiring! That's such a great philosophy!