This past weekend I had the honor of covering the Crossroads 17.75K race for http://www.runwashington.com/. It’s one of 12 races put on by the Marine Corps Marathon, my absolute favorite marathon!

The article is my first to be included on the website, and must admit I couldn’t be more proud. If you want to check out it out – click here. Be sure to also check out next months issue of Washington Running Report, pictures I took at the race will be featured!

I had a moment at the start line. The chaplain said a prayer before hand, he quoted one of my very favorite Bible verses. Let us run with patience the race that is set before us — Hebrews 12:1. I started to feel that ever familiar feeling of a knot in my throat, as a suppressed tears of happiness and joy. The gun went off and I just started to cry. Darn it, I love running. I love it so much that I even love it from the sidelines. I watched as people ran by and thought to myself about all their stories I did not know.

From each race, a book could be written, of all the reasons we run. What motivates us. I know among those runners that day, there were some great stories, ones that would inspire us all.

Next time you are at a race, take a moment to get to know the person standing next to you. Ask them why they run – you might just make a new running friend – or at the very least hear a very inspiring story.

Comments

  1. loving that last paragraph. I did this when I ran my marathon in May and – wow! You are so right! One story I will NEVER forget!

  2. MCM Mama says:

    I enjoyed your article. Wish I'd known you were there – I'd have made plans to meet up with you. It was a really nice race.

  3. I love that verse. I memorized it for my first Half Marathon last year. Great to meditate on on run. I too love the energy at the race, nothing else like it. Glad you had a good race.

  4. Ashley Claire! says:

    I read your article and it is great. It was a really fun race – I had the opportunity to run it. After the race, I turned around to the people who I was trying to keep up with for the whole 11 miles (I was surrounded by the same three women for much of the race, funny enough) and I told them they helped me finish – and one I think will ultimately become a training buddy for me! You are SO right!! I love runners! :)

  5. Great article. And I always try to talk to people nar me at the starting line… but most just look at me like I am crazy.

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