It was the furthest I’d ever walked in my life, on a perfectly clear, sunny and mild Sunday morning, with all my walking buddies, my peerless mentors, coach Al, Mama Lisa, coach Ron, Coach Susan and the whole east bay rockin’ team pouring it on.
What a rush; all those people from all over the US and Canada, running for all the angels and heroes named on the backs and fronts and sides of their shirts. All those loving and supportive family members, co-workers, friends and loved ones, cheering and encouraging and snapping photos and making a joyful noise helped a lot of us get through the last mile (BOY, it was the longest mile I have ever walked:)! The Nike was a freaking blast, and I finished upright, feeling strong and powerful.
“As an athlete, when you least expect it, you may find yourself standing on the threshold of an accomplishment so monumental that it strikes fear into your soul. You must stand ready, at any moment, to face the unknown. You must be ready to walk [or run] boldly through the wall of uncertainty.” ~John “The Penguin” Bingham