Day 8: Count-Down to the Marathon

By Colleen Yorke
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Today I wanted to write about matters of the heart. Sometimes we are so focused on reaching the horizon ahead, we forget to credit the long way we have already traveled. Maybe there is a time in our past we have simply run over, dreams and aspirations we dismissed out of hand, or sideline support we deemed as baggage and too heavy to shoulder. But, success does not happen overnight. It takes time and many steps to emerge from the shadows into our own spotlight. Little moments make up the big picture.

Training for a marathon takes time, discipline and dedication. Constantly we are reminded of how human we really are. Running long distance does take its toll on our bodies. Blisters, fissures, sores, hard falls are all part of the experience. Yet, we get back up. Why? What is it that motivates us to keep going? 

Earlier today I watched an inspiring news report on a six-year old boy named Maceo Bleu. Born with a rare congenital heart defect, literally half a heart, he was not expected to live. With 13 surgeries, including 6 open heart surgeries, three days of coma and being on life support, the young lad has fought a battle most of us can not even comprehend. His motivation? "Even a half heart can love wholeheartedly," Maceo responded. The heart is an amazing organ. No matter how much we dictate the course of our life with our head, and how much we think we can suppress emotions coming from the heart, the heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing of. If the feelings are there, they will aflame all the same, no matter how much we try to keep our cool. 

Burning through 800 finish lines, about 400 pairs of shoes, and long past the 100,000 miles mark, the equivalent of running around the world more than four times, Mike Fanelli, an avid runner and real estate agent, has covered a lot of ground. His motivation? “I tell runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart."

We do not always get the proper nourishment or exercise. We stress ourselves out. But when it comes to matters of the heart, we know what is most important to us. Last night my heart flip-flopped, and I registered it with gratitude. Yes, the heart charges, when there is no charge left. 

With the Los Angeles Marathon being only 8 days away, trust your heart.