Yesterday I ran the LA Marathon. It was long and hard, just like I’d expected. But around mile 18 something happened that I didn’t expect. I was running alongside a kid my age who was audibly in pain. I asked him if he wanted some of those jelly belly sport beans. He said no and that his muscles hurt but I told him some carbs and electrolytes should help with that. This was the same thing that had happened to me on my last marathon and what helped me was when someone gave me some of the same beans. I gave him the whole pack and told him they can’t hurt and also chewing the beans will make a nice distraction. He was surprised and thankful. I then said bye and continued running along.
I’d forgotten about him but later, after I’d finished the race, he found me and thanked me and told me they really helped. It further solidified for me the main reason I run marathons. I think it’s ez to focus on The Marathon as an individual race with 1 clear superstar winner but the reason I like the marathon is because everyone runs the race together. All ages, all sizes, all races, everyone! Just like life we’re all in it together. It reminds you that yes you can go through life alone but it’s always so much more rewarding and so much more fulfilling to do it together.