I saw Spirit of the Marathon tonight, a documentary about the trials and tribulations of the Marathon. For those of you who missed it, there will be an encore in select theaters on February 21st. It was wonderful! The movie covered age groupers to elites, Boston hopefuls to 26.2 virgins. I really felt the emotions as the filmmakers followed Deena Kastor and select age groupers through training for the Chicago Marathon. As I heard the stories the runners told, I was reminded of my own personal reasons for signing up for Ironman Arizona. I remembered my own personal highs and lows. And it hit me......I'm going to be doing an Ironman in April, a little over 2 months away!!!
As the runners lined up at the start, I felt my heart beat faster and the blood drain from my limbs. I was nervous just like I get when I line up on the start. And when runners hit the wall at mile 20, I was reminded of just how low the lows get during an endurance event. When the finish line appeared, I actually got a little choked up! I think I will probably cry when I cross that finish line in April. I'm in the thick of my training, and the forest gets a little lost in the trees at times. This movie forced me to take a step back and appreciate what my training means and how exciting this Ironman will be in April. For anyone who needs a little motivation during the long, cold winter months, this documentary will do the trick!
And for anyone who is wondering what I will be doing on 2/1/08--this is what the Chicago marathon website read:
Registration for the 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open February 1.