An incredibly inspiring story comes from ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes during his first 100 mile ultra-marathon. It was the Western States Ultra-marathon 100 Mile Endurance Run. He popped out of the trail at about close to mile 99. He was completely wasted, nothing was left in him. There standing waiting for him was his lifelong hero, his father. Dean crumbled in his arms. “I know I’m so close to the finish but I don’t know what to do, there’s nothing in me left.” It was then that his father deemed a quote that Dean will never forget.
“Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just keep moving forward and don’t give up.”
He learned about himself in the next mile more than he had known in his lifetime. When he crossed the finish line he’ll never forget. “When you stop moving forward in life you begin to stagnate…and you die.”
The body can only move you so far…it’s when the human spirit takes you to heights that you never knew possible that you can honestly look back and know that you’re truly living life to the fullest. Running for me is a consistent crash course in learning and understanding of oneself. With each step of my running shoe I stare down the inner ego that I face each time I approach adversity. Learning to push through those mental barriers that we all face throughout life is the importance here. Whether it’s running a marathon or passing your GMAT’s for graduate school, mental barriers carry common burdens. The key to all of this is to learn how to overcome your inner ego during the pursuit of your passions.
When it comes to running a marathon the only way you lose is if you don’t have the courage to come out and try. The finish line is not the end of a destination, it’s the beginning to a lifelong journey into the human spirit and will power. That’s what I take from story of Dean Karnazes.
Imagine, act now, and enjoy the journey!