Marathon is an extreme sport – you run for such harsh long distance that you might get sick. And to top it off – you can’t win. Because the maths isn’t in your favor. In a sprint, 10 people run alongside you – so you can come last which is 10th rank.
But in a marathon – thousands and thousands of people show up. And while there can be clearly one winner – all of them run with a smile.
Sweating, grinding and pushing for the extra step so they can complete something which they started. It doesn’t matter what is the age group, gender or race – everyone sees marathon as an ultimate sport. Because it is one which defines the human strength.
There is something called the marathon spirit – one which helps human see the world as a better place. Because once you finish the marathon – not come first or fast – simply finish the marathon then your worldview changes. It seems to you that you can do almost anything and no mountain is uphill for you. So you become more prone to difficulties and it’s okay attitude. Indeed marathon is something you should consider in your lifetime.
Upping The Game
Marathon is a difficult sports to pursue. Now add to it that you need to swim. What?
Of course, now there are strongmen competition and so on. But let’s focus on the swimming version. Now there are swimming marathon which challenges you to either swim a certain distance or swim for more distance in a stipulated time.
A version of this happened in my swimming pool. And boy oh boy, I got intimidated. I didn’t participate this time because I want to confident to stay for at least half the time. It was a 12 hour marathon where the one who swims the longest win.
But as in marathon – the high part isn’t to win the game. Although it would be cool being a winner – it is the persistence which you are counting on.
And once you get the adrenaline rush from staying so long and still pushing – your ability to view challenges changes dramatically.
As I just said in this article, the ability to view the obstacles changes and you become a more journey oriented process. Although you have just read it but to instill it in your mind and habit – you need to do something practical. Maybe try for a marathon next time.
Or go for a mini-marathon and challenge yourself. Remember don’t focus on winning – just improving yourself. Your competition is no one other than you. So get pumped up to break up your own records each time. And even if you didn’t – go for it so you finish.
Keeping aside the physical advantage, the emotional and mental game will be improved. And I guess that’s what you should aim for too.