As you're only days away from the 17th Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and your excitement and anticipation is at a fever pitch, it's easy (I assure you I've been there) to "micro-worry" about every detail involving that day, and this week ahead. I'd like to offer a reminder that with it, comes the hope you'll take time to sit back, enjoy your accomplishments on the road to Sunday, and in short, allow yourself to 'smell the roses' while achieving your goal.
As you browse the EXPO at Cox Center and start getting your "game face" on, it feels like everyone in the world leads this wonderful, active lifestyle we've adopted. Well, I want to assure you that as energizing and positive as everyone around you this weekend will be, we're fortunate enough to still be in a select minority.
A very small percentage of humanity, like less than 1%, ever aspires to such a lofty goal as a half or full marathon, either as walker or runner. Celebrate (sometimes quietly, sometimes maybe not...) that you've made it to the start line, and you are embarking upon your day completely of your own choice! It's an unalienable right, and a tremendous privilege!
I wish for you all many more gratifying FINISH LINES-some planned, and some maybe not-and all you must be prepared to do is encapsulated in this reminder the legendary runner Steve Prefontaine offered us years ago:"To give anything less than your best...is to sacrifice the GIFT..."
Congratulations, athletes....go get 'em! I'll see you this weekend!