Introduction Pt. 2

My Purpose

Hello again my friends 🙂

Here is the second part of my intro. If you haven’t read my first post yet, be sure to check it out on my home page. I’d spent some time sharing my background, from where I was raised to the many things I like to do. For those who don’t know me well, it’s worth a read!

So, some of you may be asking what is my purpose for creating this blog? Sure, the easy answer lies within the mere title of the blog. After all, it practically spells it out for you. But for those that still may not understand it, I wanted an outlet to be able to share my journey to get to October 18th, 2020.

What am I’m talking about?

I’m talking about THE Columbus Marathon, the 41st one if you want to be specific. I’m talking about a race that’s bigger than any one person. How so? It’s not just another marathon that’s being held in a big city. It’s not just about running 26.2 miles and going home. Sure, the accomplishment of finishing a marathon is rewarding for any individual. After all, less than 1% of the United States population can say they’ve completed this daunting challenge. And yes, the Boston Marathon is the most well-known marathon out there. Why would I believe this one is bigger?

It’s the city of Columbus, my home, and my people. This marathon brings an entire capital alive and, as a runner, you FEEL it. You feel the excitement as you enter the starting corrals along with 18,000 other participants. You feel the support of tens of thousands of random strangers cheering you on along the entire course. You see all of the signs these spectators make (some that brings you laughter and others that remind you of why you’re doing this race). You feel the impact your participation makes to the thousands of children that benefit from the proceeds of the event as part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After running 10 long miles, reaching a point of wanting to stop and call it quits, you arrive at Angel Mile (11) and see the faces of those children lost to various illnesses. You instantly feel adrenaline flowing through your veins and, all of a sudden, you’re running your best times yet. However, it’s not for you, it’s for them.

This isn’t just another race. This is my first marathon (and quite possibly my only one). It’s the ultimate goal for anyone that considers themselves an elite runner to complete. There are thousands of marathons I could’ve chosen. But, there’s only one I dream of crossing the finish line. That line lies within the Downtown streets of Buckeye nation.

How do I know? I participated in this race last year (the half marathon). I had the privilege of experiencing the joy and satisfaction of running with an entire army of athletes that felt the same way I did. I knew after finishing the race, I wanted to take the leap to a full marathon. I know the road ahead of me is going to be long and challenging (longer than 26.2 miles). I’ll have points where I want to give up or doubt myself. However, my metal resilience, support system, and faith will carry me through those tough times. I’m not the fastest runner, nor am I the strongest. But I have the heart of a warrior, the determination of a champion, and the will to succeed and do the damn thing.

I’ve finished over 25 races in the past three years as part of an adventure I’ve embarked on to better my overall health and well-being. They’ve all led me to this point. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In this case, it begins with a stride.

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to my blog by visiting my homepage, scrolling to the bottom of it and entering your email address to receive updates on new content that I plan on posting weekly. Thanks to all of you for your time!

-Matt

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