It all started with a dare.
Endless training: early mornings, late nights.
Calloused feet, sore legs, rickety knees.
Questions, answers, gear, fuel, hot showers.
One cold January morning, I waited.
Nervous, anxious to start, heart pumping.
The gun, the rush, the race.
My face greeted by cold air,
my feet effortlessly doing what I
could never do as a child.
My boys waiting at Mile Ten,
cameras in hand, tears flooding me,
the end so very near now.
As the sound of pounding drums
greeted my last turn, I rejoiced.
I caught my breathe, geared up
and made my legs go faster.
Thirty-seven years. Six months. Three hours.
The sight of that finish line
is something I will never forget.
I will never underestimate myself again.