Sunday, March 24, 2013
My Boston Marathon 2013 journey began back in December (“Game On”), continued through Valentine’s Day (“On Chocolate, Running, and Life”) and brings me to today, my longest run before the race. Before I leave, I am taking another pause from my food and science writing to tell you a bit more about why I’m running.
I sit here at my desk, the sun on my shoulders. I sip black coffee and write. I search for the right words to end this post, something meaningful.
Yet, I am distracted.
My running clothes await. I need to get going on today’s 23 miles, the greatest distance I’ll travel before Monday, April 15.
And I won’t lie to you: I’m not particularly looking forward to it. Training for a marathon isn’t easy; my body yearns for rest. I watch my fundraising, anxiously, as it creeps toward my goal—more slowly than I’d like.
But I’m all taped up and ready to go. It’s time. Thus I’ll let the email I just received from RunKeeper provide the closing words that I can’t currently find, sound advice whether you’re simply heading out on a run, beginning a new venture, or fighting the fight for your life.
“What are you waiting for? The first step is the hardest.”