As you know, I am involved with a charity running group raising money for Childhood Cancer Research. This past weekend, I directed back-to-back races on Saturday and Sunday. This was a weekend of extraordinary feats (feets!) and inspiration.
I bring up running/walking a lot in this blog because I believe that it is a great testament to the power of the mind. To see people push through perceived physical limitations is largely due to the strength they possess in their mind.
Here are some amazing things I saw:
- A 9-year old boy and 14-year old girl placing 1st and 2nd in a 5K race easily beating 3rd place by 14 minutes.
- My dad complete his first 5K, after being plagued by vertigo for the past few years, with my mom.
- A woman with both a respiratory and sinus infection complete two 13.1 mile runs in two days.
- 30+ volunteers staying out in the cold wind and rain, handing out water, taking picture, cheering, riding bike support, taking time and handing out medals.
- A woman burst into tears after she sets a personal record for a half marathon twice in two days.
- A lady running for her friend battling Leukemia.
- A group of women who are going through Weight Watchers together
- 6 different couples starting and finishing their races together.
- Friends cheering on friends.
If you’ve never been a part of a race, look for one to volunteer at. Watch people as they cross the finish line. There is a sense of euphoria that is contagious and makes you believe that anything is possible, because….
Anything is Possible.