Moab Trail Marathon
I finished the race in 6 hours, 25 minutes. Looking back, I know I could have finished it faster, but the time means nothing to me. The point of this entire race was not to have a fast marathon time. I have my whole life to try to do that. But with my first marathon, I wanted to honor the reasons I am passionate about running. I don’t love running because I’m particularly fast or accomplished at it. I love running because there is no sense of accomplishment like being self-propelled. I love running because it makes me feel like I’m a part of this natural world. I love running because it leaves me with my thoughts to reflect and it gives me isolation from the negativity in my life. Lastly, I love running because there is no greater drug than an awe-inspiring view after the climb. I’d like to believe that I felt all of those reasons in my six hour journey. Trying to run the marathon as fast as I could would have taken away from the experience I so earnestly wanted to have.