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The Flying Pig Marathon

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If you’ve ever been to a marathon, you know how much fun they are to watch. The sounds are deafening, the excitement is contagious and the support is undeniable. Not only will you see people doggedly pursuing a life goal, you’ll see thousands of people lining the streets to cheer them on.  You’ll read signs like, “Beer at the next stop!,” “Think of the Pancakes!” and “Nice Butt!”

On May 5th, I’ll be lacing up my sneaks for my very first half-marathon: The Flying Pig Marathon. Like many other runners, my thoughts will be with the city of Boston as I cross the finish line, or in this case, the ‘finish swine.’*

My first race was a 5K named “Run Like Hell,” which took place at night with costumed runners. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. As I neared the home stretch, suddenly I saw it…the finish line. Much to my surprise, I had run 3.1 miles without stopping, which was a first for me.

After the race, I called my sister (an experienced runner herself) to share my excitement about reaching the finish line. Her response? “That feeling never goes away, no matter how many races.” It turns out she was right. It hasn’t gone away.  In fact, it builds with every race.

The thing I love most about running is that you compete against yourself.  Sure, there are thousands of people around you, but they can’t make you run faster. They can’t make up for a skipped training day or a tightening muscle in your leg.  That’s what makes finishing so fulfilling. Those other runners are not the competition…they are your teammates, your compatriots, your friends; and while victory tastes sweet to each individual, when we finish, we do it together.

We are a family of runners.

*In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the Flying Pig Marathon will purchase and make available at their event blue wristbands inscribed with “Boston Strong.” Participants can purchase the bands for whatever amount they would like to give as a donation to One Fund Boston. All of the money will be sent directly to One Fund Boston at the conclusion of each race weekend.

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Written by khoran

April 29th, 2013 at 4:17 pm