Week 50: Running the LA Marathon..
"With self discipline, all things are possible." - Theodore Roosevelt
What did I do:
This week's episode is a bit of a twist. A few months ago, I signed up to run the LA Marathon, a 26.2 mile race starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier. After a few weeks of training, my right leg started acting up from a stress fracture injury dating back to 2010. Soon enough, my ankle was swollen and I had pain shooting from my hip down to my toes. I saw a doctor who advised I stop training, rest and retrain after a week. I listened to the instructions and once I tried running again, the pain came back. Finally, the doctor and I decided it wasn't worth risking permanent damage.
It just so happened that my sister was training for the Orange County half marathon at the same time. So I asked if she'd like to run in my place and she joyously accepted. Hence, this episode actually is about her THRIVING and running her first marathon. She was a rock star, check it out!
Who was with me:
My sister Ana is someone who has a lot of grit, passion and a dash of crazy. With only a few months to train, she began running every day from January through mid-March to prepare for the big day. My brother Kohyar, who ran track and field in high school and college, was her coach. My brothers, dad, nephew and I went down to Santa Monica Pier to congratulate her on her big accomplishment!
What did I learn:
This was a special adventure. As the year of Thrive at 35 comes to an end, I have been looking to pass the torch and inspire others to break their routines and push beyond their self inflicted limits. Something my friends and I have coined as "Thriving Ever After." I had a feeling it would be just as, if not more, rewarding for me to experience someone else thriving. My hunch was right.
Knowing everything my sister has been through to prepare and run this race, watching her complete it with a big smile on her face was incredibly rewarding. Ana didn't skip a beat to pay it forward. She stayed at the finish line, rallied the runners behind her and congratulated them with a big high five as they completed their race. This was very inspiring to watch given that she probably wanted to just collapse and rest.
I also learned about the story behind marathon which I share in this week's episode. Legend has it that a Greek solider ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, a distance of approximately 25 miles, to announce that the Greeks had just defeated the Persians. As he delivered the message of "Niki" (victory) he collapsed to his knees and died. For centuries to come, the race has been ran at the Olympics and cities all around the globe.
Would I do this again:
I don't think my body is equipped to run such a race so I respectfully bowed out and don't plan on signing up in the future. Seven miles into my training, my right leg was quite distressed. I did ask my sister if she'd run it again, after some hesitation she happily said yes in order to beat her time of 7 hours and 34 minutes. I have a really good feeling she is going to crush that personal record!