The snow doesn’t stay around for long here in S.E. Missouri.
We usually only get a light dusting -enough to conceal a dangerous layer of ice.
On one such day I found myself on a 5 mile training run. The temperature must have been in the low 20s.
As I picked my way along the road trying to avoid the icy patches I suddenly saw footprints.
I thought to myself, “There is only one other person in our neighborhood crazy enough to be out running on a day like today.”
The footprints belonged to Angie! She trekked through that same morning . . . finishing her run before breakfast.
I could tell that she sought out the safest part of the road. She is always conscious of injury prevention and the perils of slipping on ice. Each step was carefully chosen.
So I followed her footprints.
Metaphorically, my whole experience with running has been following the path that Angie blazed. I doubt I would be a runner had we not fallen in love. I despised running.
What’s more, I’m a marathoner today because she had the courage to take on the challenge of marathon training in 2008. She dreamed big and took action and it has influenced our whole family.
Angie didn’t make me a long distance runner, I had to realize that potential for myself. But she always believed in me.
Similarly, we here at Marathon Training Academy believe in you. You do have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life!
And you never know who will follow your example. By running a marathon you are boldly declaring,
“I can endure hardness, I can go the distance, I can accomplish the extraordinary, I can take control of my health and fitness!”
People will take notice. Perhaps one might be crazy enough to follow your footprints.