I am indebted to IronFat for this inspiring video – but it does handle my phobia of finishing last!
Basically it’s a call-to-arms to everyone who – like me – runs at the back of the pack.
Think about it – the winners have won, the elite runners will have got their breath back – but the focus is on the shufflers for whom the event is far from over.
In the voiceover, the American actress Rooney Mara points out that most searches for the word “marathon” will lead you to the fact that the first person to run the distance didn’t survive the experience!
Now I’ll be Googling this like crazy from now on because that’s the kind of gal I am, but meanwhile here’s the rest of the script:
“He died. And he was a runner.
“You are not a runner. You are especially not a marathon runner, but at the end of this – you will be.”
At this point the camera’s on the young woman right at the back. She’s out of puff, but she’s still going – and she’ll get there.
BTW the soundtrack is Aretha Franklin’s “Every Little Bit Hurts” – and at that stage of a marathon, it’s a pretty accurate assessment!
The guy who died? Pheidippides – who is said to have run from the town of Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
Despite (I imagine) his military levels of fitness, had he specifically trained to run the distance?
Let’s face it, I don’t really think he’d really had a choice in the matter!
I wonder what he’d make of people who do?
As long as marathons exist people will run them – and the slowest ask only that there’s still a finish line at the end.
Good Luck to everyone in tomorrow’s London Marathon.