Before I get to the four reasons, I’d like to let each of you know that it was great to see so many people come out today. You honored your commitment to yourselves, to your goals, to your team, and to Beit T’Shuvah. Thank you.
I really enjoyed the route and the team effort today, and I hope each of you did as well. I also saw reasons to celebrate and to feel inspired; and I want to share them with each of you.
- We ended with a downhill. Once you got past the hardest section, you had a long gradual downhill on San Vicente to look forward to and enjoy. Hard work, and then a reward. Instant gratification. Who doesn’t love that?! And by the way, that long gradual downhill is near the end of the Marathon course, so you’ll really appreciate it on March 19th.
- You climbed over 100 feet in less than 1/3 of a mile. That’s impressive, and it’s harder than any climb on the Marathon route, except for one very short hill at mile 4. One more reason to believe you will be successful on Marathon day.
- You saw the challenge waiting for you, and you took it on. Nobody quit. Some of you ran that steep hill, some of you walked it, and everyone got to the top. Just like anything in life, if you brace yourself for the challenge and pace yourself, you will succeed.
- You have seen that when you push yourself a little harder each time you try something, you get better at it. You are getting stronger. You are getting tougher. You are ready for bigger challenges, and you have every reason to believe you will succeed.