Thursday, May 8, 2014

THE MARATHON IN WORDS: DEAN KARNAZES NAILS IT


If running a marathon could be accurately described in words, it would be something less

than what it is, but this recent article by Dean Karnazes really comes close for me. Here are some highlights.



"The Marathon is not about running, it is about salvation."

"There is no luck involved in finishing the Marathon, the ingredients required to tackle this formidable challenge are straightforward: commitment, sacrifice, grit, and raw determination."

"The Marathon rattles you to the core. It deconstructs your very essence, stripping away all your protective barriers and exposing your inner soul. When you are at your most vulnerable, the Marathon shows no pity. The Marathon tells you that it will hurt you, that it will leave you demoralized and defeated, crushed in a lifeless heap alongside the roadside."

"You fight back, however, and stand courageously at that starting line, nervously awaiting that gun to go off. When it does, you put your head down and charge into the abyss, knowing honestly in your heart of hearts that you either paid your dues or that you skimped along the way. There is no lying to yourself here, the Marathon sees right through excuses, shortcuts, and self-transgressions."

The Dean
The Dean
Check out the full article on Runners World
The Marathon, by Dean Karnazes


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