It’s Wednesday! What does that mean? Time for a Wednesday Word link up with Debbie from Deb Runs.
This week’s word is: Inspirational.
I thought about sharing one of the many amazing running stories about tenacious individuals that many of us have heard before. That’s inspirational, right? Then I thought about sharing a personal story of overcoming adversity. Also inspirational, yes? And then I thought about how it makes me feel when I go out and watch an athletic event, or even watch one on TV. Especially a marathon.
People run marathons for all sorts of reasons. They run to qualify for Boston, they run to raise money for charity, they run to challenge themselves. Many are completing a feat they once thought impossible. Despite often running amidst thousands of other runners at a road race, each individual is facing a quiet, solitary triumph over the idea that they couldn’t conquer the distance.
If you stand on the sidelines and watch a marathon, you’ll see them. The runners clearly fighting an internal battle. But with every step they’re proving to themselves how much they can take. More than anyone, especially themselves, ever thought possible. You can stand at the finish line and join in the fellowship, as we all marvel at the accomplishment taking place. The marathon is the ‘holy grail’ of racing and it takes a certain amount of grit and determination to overcome. It’s also a celebration of the human spirit, and it makes us all feel a bit stronger.
What do you find inspirational?