Reflection on Running a Marathon

Topics: Marathon, Running, John Muir Pages: 1 (266 words) Published: October 12, 2008
Reflective Essay

The senior project I chose to do, was to compete in the John Muir Woods Marathon. I decided to run this marathon because running has always been a passion of mine, and I wanted to take it to the next level and compete in an official marathon. In training for the marathon, I learned self discipline, endurance, and how to have stamina. I also learned, that a marathon (26.2 miles) is a lot longer than it actually seems! I was able to raise a total of $336.20 towards the Danny Zabicki Foundation. Running a marathon was both the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. Although I knew that it would be a very long course, it lasted a lot longer than I had anticipated, and I was definitely not expecting so many stairs and hills in the run. I knew that the race would consist of 4,400 feet of climbing and descending, but until I actually started running the course, that number didn’t mean much to me. After the first three miles, I was fully aware of what 4,400 feet if climbing and descending entailed.

It’s still too soon to tell if I would ever run another marathon. However, I have no regrets in doing so. My family and friends came along to support me, and I was able to see them at every check point for encouragement. It was more rewarding that I could have ever imagined. To top it off, I was actually able to run for a cause, which made it all the more meaningful to me.
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