Re: Sign Up for the Marathon!
- Several years ago, a few boys from the Sri Chinmoy Centre in
Canberra drove up north to do the Gold Coast Marathon. One of
our good friends -- a great runner who ran marathons
competitively around the world -- was also there. (His time was
2:20 or something equally impressive.)
After we'd all finished, we rested for a while, then gave our friend
a lift somewhere. As we drove out, we could see some people
still coming through to the finish line, still jogging, most of them
with expressions of pain on their faces. They'd been running for
about 6 hours.
We made "amusing" comments about how these slowpokes
made us feel like great athletes, but our friend had a different
reaction. He was simply in awe of these people. Why? Because
they had been running for so long, not giving up. Even this elite
marathon runner was astonished by their strength and their will
power. That is the mark of a _true_ marathon runner.
Of course, the 3100-mile race has redefined the words
"strength" and "will power". I remember when Matt found that he
had been accepted into the race, he seemed to be in a dazed
state for a few days. Who could blame him? It all seemed so
surreal to me, so imagine how it felt for HIM!
It's official: the impossible has become inevitable!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, lee_berube
> Way to go Sanjay. I wasn't trained last year, but I managed tofinish
> in a blistering 5:27. But I was still inspired that I didn't give upthe
> and I crossed the line. I'm hoping for much better this year, but
> training alone has been inspiring and uplifting enough. Beingin shape
> sure makes a difference in everything.sssssanjay
> I hope to see a bunch of familiar faces this year.
> There is only one way
> To arrive at the destination:
> - Sri Chinmoy
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:which prevents
> > I am one of many who is nursing some so-called injury
> me frominjury
> > training hard.
> > Realistically, however, it is more of a mental handicap. The
> is not preventinginstead.
> > me from training, just from training at a high intensity. So, I
> won't be able to run a
> > fast marathon, but, rather, an embarrassingly slow one
> > But look at our good friend Matt, who is out there running the
> He is nothe is
> > winning; he is not running the highest mileage each day, but
> out there, and thatdiscouraged. I
> > seems to be the most important thing.
> > So, I started my marathon training today, no longer
> don't care if I even
> > finish, but I am going to start it. So I am finally signing up for
> the August 29th race.
> > Thanks Matty!
> > Sanjay Rawal
> > Enthusiasm
> > Is an unparalleled virtue
> > In our inner life of aspiration
> > And in our outer life of dedication.
> > - Sri Chinmoy
> > http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com