The commentator for the women’s marathon has just said that if you’re going to be a great marathon runner then you need a great 10k time. I knew I’d missed something! I remember joking to a friend before my first marathon that it was only four 10k runs – how hard could that be?
Athletes are making history right now and making a legacy to inspire others, including me too, to keep running. Must of us won’t ever make the Olympics, or ever any sort of placing, but if you’re inspired by someone to move, get and stay healthy, then that’s got to be a great thing.
Running a marathon feels like ticking off the kilometre’s one by one,
the five become ten, ten is surprisingly quickly a half, twenty-four, ouch, twenty-eight, and then it hurts. Well it does for me anyway and from thirty-two it’s one or two at a time. But on reflection it’s not the kilometres ticking over I notice, it’s the exhilaration of the entire event and satisfaction that comes from completing a personal challenge.
So collecting things, whether they be miles in a marathon, friends on Facebook or qualifications or whatever, is not what will make the difference. The commentators are now discussing what might be more valuable – an Olympic Gold at London or winning the New York Marathon. Your resume and history will be what makes the Olympic marathon the one to go for.
Spending all our days on stuff, collecting things, including wealth is all very nice, but what will your legacy be? What piece of history will you own that might inspire others and make a difference?
History is in the making at the Olympics and top athletes are making their legacy. Don’t forget that after the pleasant life, the meaningful life, you’ll want to leave a legacy. Why? To fulfil yourself. How? Like a marathon, one piece at at time, but always keeping it part of something bigger.