Friday, December 17, 2010

Today's Inspiration

I love this video for the same reason I enjoy watching the finish line of a race after all the speedsters are done. I love watching the folks from the back of the pack. They had to fight the hardest, had the most to gain...and the most to lose. For some of them, not finishing could turn them off to running. For many of them, finishing shows what is possible when you start one step at a time. Before long, it's amazing how much ground gets covered. They have the amazing stories. The folks who win the races just have the amazing genes.

50 comments:

Dianabol said...

Very inspirational. Everyone can do it.

Chase said...

They look very inspiring and real fun. Hoooray!

John McNally said...

That video is a great advert for running. 8) I made a similar journey myself. Overweight and in a mental hospital aged 23, ran a 2.41 marathon aged 40, and have never been happier.

I would disagree with your comment about elite runners though. It takes more than just genes, it takes years of dedicated hard training.

John

Sean Lloyd said...

John: I totally agree it is a lot of hard work for the elite runners. Their performances are also inspirational, though typically not as moving for me. I'm not sure they work any harder, though, then the folks at the back of the pack who are overcoming many additional challenges (emotional, health, etc...)just to make it to the starting line...plus they're fitting it in around the rest of their lives (job, family).

Annette said...

Great video - you have inspired me - thanks :)

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This video never loses it's impact on me, thanks for sharing.

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Niall said...

Dead Right - That guy is a real inspiration and an example to all of us.

Marluce Fagotti said...

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Dominique de Rooij said...

I agree with you. There are so many inspirations to be found when observing the last of runners finally crossing the finish line.

LearningByReading said...

How refreshing to know somebody enjoys watching the "losers" finish! Very thoughtful and insightful of you!
Thanks

Run420 said...

One step at a time... enjoy the ride!

Faith Ellens said...

You got me inspired there too. I wish to finally join a run and get on the finish line.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just stumbled upon this blog and this video (I was crying by the middle of it).
I just "started" again today after an 8 month rest for my knee. I felt like a whale. Having watched this, I am going to carry on. Great Video!
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Amazing video, really amazing. I have jsut got into running myself doing my frist 5k soon which hopefully wil go ok, and hopefully I can go on from there and jsut watching your video gives me motivation so thanks. Keep running, keep happy, life is all good.

Lezley62 said...

I loved your video and your story. You rock!
I started running in 2010 to lose 40#, my first 5K on December 11, 2010. Just ran my second 5K on the beach. I am 62 and just beginning my running career, I would like to shoot for a Marathon in two years. Thank you again for sharing your inspirational story.
Lezley62

Sam from Proper Running Form said...

Very inspiring, I set a goal this year but following a sprain I have to just pass time while my goal date gets nearer.

Can't wait to get better and achieve this goal :D

Sam

Jennifer said...

WOW, that is very inspiring. My sisters and I are all training for a marathon this June and I can't think of a better video to watch for some inspiration! We'd love any other words of inspiration

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tammy said...

This is beautiful... I always say, "it's not how you start that matters...it's how you FINISH."

Thanks for sharing!

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Great video. Getting to the finishing line, no matter what, that's what it's all about.

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Great Inspirational video! Love it. I used to run very fast (own few trophies in my school day) when I was a kid. Grown up and lost the motivation now...I am running now but after gals ;) Jokes apart. I love this video and this inspired to get back to my school days again

Cheers!

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Scott said...

I agree with you. The people who win the races have great genes, but it is still something to wonder at. Being one of the people that finishes long after the winners I do enjoy experiencing the finish with other runners like myself. That feeling you get when you cross the line and have that medal placed around your neck is a great experience after a long hard run.

Astro said...

Inspirational.

You feel so good the moment you finish a run. Its worth the work.

ben said...

I love this VDO real intention to win everything.

Amy B. said...

Wow! Very inspiring post. Do you mind if I share this on my blog----marathon-girl.com?

I think your story is so inspiring.

I started crying!

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runningwithjoy said...

Thank you for sharing this video! I needed to see it today of all days. I've run 9 marathons (one was an ultra) and numerous half marathons.
A year ago, I started grad school, a one year program at the University of Texas at Arlington. It has been a marathon-like challenge to do in conjunction with a full-time job. Today, as I think of the MOUNTAIN of work I must complete in the next 18 days to finish, I can't help but think of lining up at the start of a marathon. No matter how hard I train, I always get butterflies and wonder, "Can I finish?" And I do!
Only one tenth of one percent of the population has run a marathon.
(http://www.shelterpub.com/_fitness/_marathon/marathon-intro.html) Thank you for sharing this inspiring story that reminds me that I CAN finish this degree!

The article I referenced above states that marathon running is the fastest growing type of exercise chosen by an increasingly overweight North American population. With the average age of marathoners being over 40, it appears that marathoning is a "mid-life mission" for many people.
I relate to what the author says about finishing a marathon as being "one of the most esteemed of life's achievements...won by pulling from within oneself." I hope your blog encourages many people to tackle this sport that truly creates not just the body of an athlete, but the heart of an athlete. I have a page on Facebook called Marathoning at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marathoning/233182810046374. I'd love to hear any feedback you have!

donnab said...

Thank you for telling us (me) such an amazing and inspirational story - I'm truly humbled and in awe. Well done :)

brendaroo said...

Thanks for that. I'm training for the st george marathon and needed a little motivation for this mornings training run. Awesme! Brenda

Abbey said...

GREAT video! Totally inspirational! :) Keep up the great work!

Amy said...

Wow. Someone posted a link to this on my blog today and I'm so glad they did. I was feeling a bit discouraged the other day (proof: http://babiesornot.blogspot.com/2011/10/awareness.html ). LOVED the video, love the story. Made me laugh and cry. Thanks for sharing.

SupermomWannabe said...

I LOVE this video. I saw this awhile back and shared it because it is so inspirational. I don't care who you are or whether you run, this video is inspiring!

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Great video very inspiring. I am going to start to take up running again. Thanks for sharing.

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That's an amazing video - brought a tear to my eye!

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Alexandra said...

Very inspiring! I am building up my running distance. Physical endurance helps strengthen emotional endurance. For me I am building a business and that is a big mental marathon!

Alexandra said...

I am still working on my running endurance. I am glad that warmer weather is just months away!

Nick said...

I'm in aw at how awesome you are! And I'm not easily aw'd. You are an inspiration to everyone. Keep spreading your story. I find heart is one of the best things you can posses as an athlete. I actually just wrote an inspirational article. If you like this you should check out www.fitnessofthegods.com, you won't be let down!

Nicky said...

Nice stuff! Keep up the work on posts like this....enjoyed it.

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One of my favorite videos! So inspirational.

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Jen said...

Inspiring video! You can see the determination on their faces and the happiness when they actually finish the race. This is what I call success from your sweat and hard work.

Samuel said...

Wow, what an amazing video! Incredibly inspiring. I think everybody who's run a marathon understands how much work has gone into getting to the finish line, whether you're at the front or back of the pack.