Accomplishment begets accomplishment
Every new running accomplishment has changed me in some way. My very first road race was a St. Patrick's day 5k. It was hard as hell to complete, but completing it opened a door to a new world for me. I couldn't imagine then how it would change my life. Nine years later, I'm a marathon runner, and my desire to see how else running will shape me continues to burn in my heart.
|Running into the finish line at my first marathon.|
Running my first marathon was a defining moment in my life. There are very few times in my life when I have been THAT proud of myself. After conquering the marathon, I expected more of myself - I ran with a confidence that I held in my heart like a religion. I didn't think it could possibly get better than that. I had reached running Nirvana.
What is better than running Nirvana? Life after Boston is my world beyond running Nirvana. Since the Boston Marathon, I run with a sense of pride that I never realized I could feel. It's a light that shines from the place in a runner's soul that still holds the memory of the first time they ran and REALLY enjoyed it. You know - the time when running no longer felt like a challenge; when everything came together and you felt that "click"...and for the first time, you understood why people loved to run.