14 October 2009

Run, Fat Boy, Run.

This past weekend I went to Chicago with my sister, cousin, and aunt & uncle to watch my other cousin run in the Chicago Marathon. I've never been a spectator at a marathon (or, and this goes without saying, a participant). It was incredible. I don't think anything has ever made me feel so slovenly, gluttonous, lazy, and just plain fat in my whole life. Seriously. I can't read for 4 hours +, let alone run for that long.

I am amazed at what the human body is capable of. And, in some way, I think that it's our duty to our body to unleash it's potential. It has occurred to me that bodies that are challenged, pushed, and stimulated beyond what we think is their threshold, have minds attached that are equally fit and sharp. The interconnectedness of it all astounds me. These, certainly, aren't new ideas. Dualism has been around for thousands of years; Hinduism, Shankhya, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes. But, to see someone push their body with their mind, to actually have someone before your eyes who you know wants to collapse into the fetal position and cry, but keeps running from the fuel their mind is providing for them, well, it's really quite astonishing. I mean, let's face it, I don't think the 45,000 participants on Sunday could be wrong.

So, congratulations Mikey! You are a rock-star! Your time was awesome (3:40ish), your purple shirt was awesome, your running tights were awesome, YOU were/are awesome!

ps Next year, I think you should pace yourself with Mr.Cut-offs. He ran about a 3:10. Maybe it's the shorts, maybe it's the hair, I don't know, but I'm just sayin'.



  1. Hey, notice Mr. cut-offs tattoo?? perhaps his good time is because he is God-fuelled??! or maybe it is the hair...or the shorts...or the combo...don't you know he's got a good story??
    What a fun weekend!
    and Happy Blogiversary!!

  2. oh, jill...
    mr.cutoffs WAS a rockstar. everyone loved him. he was keeping everyone near in good spirits. it was really great. i just can't believe he ran in cutoffs. i kept thinking, "oh, the chafing"!

  3. I love the people who show up to races in the most bizarre outfits! I ran a race once with some people all dressed up as chickens. Looking forward to my first marathon in January, and this post definitely inspired me.


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