Essay on Marathon

1461 Words May 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Old Dog, New Trick
When my daughter, Marisa turned eleven, a friend at school told her about an event the YMCA was sponsoring over the summer called, “Kids can do 26.2”. It was to promote kids staying active during the summer. I helped her train and get ready for the race for ten weeks. The day before the race, we went to the Amory to pick up her bib and t shirt.
The armory was a flurry of activity with sports, snack and other race vendors. I saw a slim, very fit woman setting up a booth. I picked up one of the pamphlets she laid out on the table. “Moms in Motion” it said. “Hi,” she said extending her hand toward me. “I’m Deb. Are you a runner?” I smiled and shook my head. “No, I’m too old to start that”. She laughed.
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People were cheering, clapping, and holding up signs. In a booth close to the inflatable arch, the runner’s name was announced. An enormous digital clock on the other side of the finish line displayed the time since the race began. I watched as a volunteer scanned his bib to record his actual time and another placed a medal around his neck. I caught a glimpse of his face as he approached his family. He looked ecstatic and completely satisfied with his accomplishment. I thought to myself, “I can do this. Then another thought, “Are you out of your mind? You’re forty six years old!”
Well, I went to the first Moms in Motion training the following Saturday. I met the new trainer, Linda who told us it was her job to help us achieve our goals. “Think about what you want your goals to be for this session during our run this morning”. Goals? Was she kidding? My only goal at this point was to be able to run for ten minutes without passing out or tripping over my own feet. She had mapped out two, three and five mile routes. I grabbed a two mile slip with the directions. At this point, I didn’t care if I was running alone. I knew the area and was comfortable with that. I put my Ipod ear phones in when a voice next to me said, “I’m doing two miles too. Maybe we can keep each other company.” I found out that my running partner’s name was Alayna and she was not a runner either. It was something she always wanted to try.
I did make it

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