Life Lessons: The Marathon

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny mat­ters com­pared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Run.

Run 26.2 miles.  The marathon.  A dis­tance that chal­lenges run­ners phys­i­cally, men­tally, emotionally.

Octo­ber 3, 2010.  The Mil­wau­kee Lake­front Marathon.  My first marathon, and a day that took me to the high­est of highs and the low­est of lows.

Does life ever feel that way for you? 

Let’s dig a lit­tle deeper into this.  The day began with partly sunny skies, cool tem­per­a­tures, and a very light wind.  For running…pretty ideal con­di­tions.  And as I ran…as I ran along­side all these other amaz­ing ath­letes, I felt ener­gized by their pres­ence, their mov­ing for­ward.  I also recalled the count­less hours of train­ing that went into get­ting me ready for this day, train­ing that began six months before this day came.

Back­track to late win­ter, 2010.  I’ve been think­ing about doing a marathon…except that a dis­tance of 26.2 miles just seems unreachable. 

Unat­tain­able.

Lim­ited by my own beliefs in what is pos­si­ble within me.

Have you ever been there?

Six months ago (it seems like ages). This idea of com­pet­ing in a marathon rises up again.  It rises up…only to be knocked down by that lit­tle voice in my head…the one that says “you can’t do this”, “what are you think­ing, any­way?”, “this is way too far for you to run”.…and all sorts of other self-limiting thoughts.

Have you ever had a voice in your head say things like that to you?

What hap­pens if we don’t lis­ten to that “voice of rea­son”?  (and “voice of rea­son”…I am more deeply believ­ing that is is not…)

I talked to a friend.  A friend who has com­peted in the marathon before (sev­eral times).  That “voice of rea­son” cropped in there, too.  (per­haps a bet­ter term would be “voice of giv­ing up”…)  A friend, a sup­porter, a per­son in your cor­ner — that can make all the dif­fer­ence.  Lori was all of that, and more.  She believed in me, she believed in what was pos­si­ble, she believed in doing.

“Do or do not…there is no try.” ~ Yoda

A plan to get there…from my physical/mental/emotional state six months ago…to today. 

And so the jour­ney began.

How about you, what jour­ney are you on right now?  Are these jour­neys that are tak­ing you to places of deep meaning?

“A jour­ney of a thou­sand miles begins with a sin­gle step.” ~ Lao-tzu

Run­ning.  Swim­ming.  Ab work.  Strength train­ing.  Bik­ing.  Oh…and lots more running!!

Espe­cially as I think back over those train­ing runs — with one long run every week — I recall moments through­out this jour­ney.  Com­ing home, elated with my time.  Com­ing home, think­ing that I could have likely walked faster.  Hav­ing my wife, Lora, drive to pick me up because I couldn’t com­plete the run — sit­ting dejected along­side the run­ning path.  Stop­ping for water breaks — and being so refreshed by a sim­ple bit of water into my body.  Feel­ing pain in my knees, in my hips, in my feet as I ran.  Feel­ing that pain leave my body — as my body became stronger.  Run­ning in the quiet of the early morn­ing hours.  Run­ning in a rain­storm.  And all the other moments that were steps on this journey.

“The road of life twists and turns and no two direc­tions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the jour­ney, not the des­ti­na­tion.” ~ Don Williams, Jr

This jour­ney you are each on…this is YOUR journey…your life…now…

And that jour­ney on Octo­ber 3rd.  Back to where this all started up above.  I felt light on my feet.  The wind, mostly at my back.  What a great start to this day!

…and then…

And then…mile twenty.  My feet, get­ting heavy.  My legs…sore and tired.  My soul…wanting to stop. 

Six more miles.  So far…at that moment in time.

Have you every felt that way?  Have you ever felt like the des­ti­na­tion of your jour­ney seemed out of reach?

In those things that matter…keep on keep­ing on.

Some­thing I kept telling myself — from mile twenty through twenty five…the most men­tally, emo­tion­ally, and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing miles of this jour­ney.  Dis­tances in my head that had been mea­sured in miles ear­lier in the marathon, became dis­tances mea­sured in tele­phone poles…in city streets…in the spec­ta­tor ahead cheer­ing run­ners on.

Slowly…the miles went down.  My pace — slowed by phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges I was facing.

Then…the des­ti­na­tion in sight!

Mile twenty five.  An increase in spec­ta­tors (wow…I have such great respect for all the peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing to help out, and for all the amaz­ing spec­ta­tors cheer­ing on the run­ners!), the end in sight along the hori­zon of Lake Michi­gan.  The phys­i­cal pain, the men­tal chal­lenges, the emo­tional roller coaster…all tak­ing a back seat…as resolve (and adren­a­line) kicked in more deeply. 

Mile twenty six.  Two-tenths of a mile to go.  So close.  The crowd — more exu­ber­ant than ever!  My fam­ily — within view!  The fin­ish line — such a glo­ri­ous sight.

Back to that jour­ney.  My jour­ney.  Your journey.

The highs.  The lows.  Every­thing in between.  These steps that are our life jour­ney — in how­ever we are liv­ing our life — wher­ever that jour­ney is tak­ing us…these moments (from the high­est of highs to the low­est of lows) are ours.  And it’s these moments — the moments that are our jour­ney — that make the des­ti­na­tion what it is for each of us.

Emo­tions sweep over me.  From those early beginnings…where 26.2 miles seemed unreach­able, to those train­ing runs that had moments of deep good and deep chal­lenge, to this par­tic­u­lar day.  To these 26.2 miles — 26.2 miles that chal­lenged me to my core and on all lev­els (phys­i­cally, men­tally, emo­tion­ally) — I am there.

The des­ti­na­tion.

Fin­isher!  At this moment…not a more beau­ti­ful word in the Eng­lish language.

So it is with me…and so it is with you.  We travel out on these jour­neys in our life — what­ever they might be — we face the mon­sters that come along the way, we cel­e­brate the amazing-ness of what we are doing, we revel in the joy this brings us…all the way along the journey.

Then we reach our des­ti­na­tion. (or some deriv­a­tive of it)

This destination…it’s a moment in our life jour­ney.  Per­haps it’s a big moment, and one that has deep mean­ing.  Per­haps it’s a small moment.  Or some­thing in between.

…and our jour­ney continues…

Today, I reflect back on this jour­ney toward com­pet­ing in the Mil­wau­kee Lake­front Marathon…and I see that this jour­ney has for­ever altered me…has added belief in what IS possible…and has given me a spring­board as this jour­ney through my life continues.

As does yours…

Your jour­ney con­tin­ues today.  Are you choos­ing a jour­ney that has deep mean­ing for you?


Epi­logue:  I would like to espe­cially thank a cou­ple of peo­ple who were instru­men­tal in this jour­ney toward the marathon.

  • My wife, Lora, for her amaz­ing and con­tin­u­ous sup­port through all of this.  And espe­cially for the time that she com­mit­ted to being along on this road with me.  This whole jour­ney has been a com­mit­ment for me, as well as for my fam­ily.    Lora, know that you are loved…
  • Won­der­ful friend Lori — who has been there before — who knows the marathon ropes.  Lori, with­out your sup­port and guid­ance along the way, this wouldn’t have come to fruition.  Your help in cre­at­ing a plan to get to Octo­ber 3rd, your tweak­ing as we went along, your lis­ten­ing to all the highs and lows along the way — all of this made cross­ing the fin­ish line that much sweeter.
  • Friends at InStep, a local run­ning store here in the Mil­wau­kee area — and espe­cially to Meaghan.  The train­ing runs you orga­nized, the ques­tions you answered, the sup­port you pro­vided — all of this made the marathon that much more achievable.

“It is amaz­ingly empow­er­ing to have the sup­port of a strong, moti­vated, and inspi­ra­tional group of peo­ple.” ~ Susan Jef­fers

To each of you, and every­one who has pro­vided sup­port and encour­age­ment in some way — thank you! 

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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DareToBecome October 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

This post gives me goosebumps. I have to say this is the best marathon recap I have ever read. The majority I read are usually beating themselves up over their time – what they wanted versus what they did. The beauty in yours is that it does not matter what the time was, it was about the experience…..being grateful for the experience and being open to learn from the teaching. When I get to the finish line of mine, I hope for the same amount of wisdom you have shared here today. I think what I will respond when people (always runners) ask “how long did it take you?” – I will reply with a smile – 4 1/2 years or 5 years…..however long it was to get me from the first step off the couch to the finish line of that event.
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Lori,
I’m touched by your words…thank you.

This truly was an experience. Did I get the time I wanted? No…I fell a little short. The thing is, though – when I looked at all that I had faced to get to that finish line – it was all the moments that went into that day…and the moments of the run itself that truly made it so deeply meaningful.

And, by the way…I love your answer of 4 1/2 or 5 years!! It’s all part of the journey…

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Caroline October 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

This is so awesome Lance…you are awesome! There are so many quotes you shared today that are my favorites. Oh my journey has been a tough one lately. I feel like I am at mile 20 and I want to walk off the course. I want to throw my hands in the air and say “I give up!” But today your words will keep me on track. I won’t give up on myself…no matter how hard, how tired, how awful I feel. I must keep going. My dream is there…hoping it’s closer than I think, so I won’t give up on it just yet.

Congrats on finishing!!!
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Caroline,
You are so sweet!! Thank you!! I know your journey has had some challenges recently…and what I love is how you have so openly shared the good and challenging moments. The finish line is out there…and it’s within your reach, Caroline. I know this. And you will get there…and your next journey will begin. And know that I am always (always) here…in your corner…cheering you on…

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Lori October 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

Lance!
I’m misty-eyed right now, as I was Sunday when I learned of your strong finish from you. I’m speechless (for once, can you believe it!?).

I have shivers up my spine. I love Yoda’s quote. That’s spot on. Lance, what you’ve done here is a true testament to “showing up.” I’ve found that making the decision is the hardest part, then it’s a matter of consistently putting on the shoes. After that, the rest flows from there. Lance, you were such a great student. I could have suggested all those things to do, but you DID them and my heart is bursting with joy for you.

You could have easily looked at the training schedule/runs and thought, “Meh, that’s too far.” But, you pushed through! There’s always training runs, too, that can break one’s spirit. But, in surmounting those days, you build the confidence that you CAN do this. And, you DID.

Thank you so much for trusting me, Lance. You put huge trust in me with all the things we talked about. And, a big hug to Lora and your family, too. They were the link that made your efforts take hold. All of this, Lance, is such a wonderful example of what it takes to reach lofty goals. And, the way you’ve written about this here — so eloquent. Your words lifted my spirit today.

Thanks so much, Lance, for sharing your experience with us. I’ll never forget summer/fall of 2010 and your strong finish.
Much love to you and your family, Lance.
~xo
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Lori,
I can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you did in creating a plan to get me ready for this past Sunday, and for just being there (as a coach and as a friend) through it all. You are truly a gift!

And from this, also – I just feel a deeper connection to you…and to the love you give to this world…

Much love and big BEAR hugs!
Lance

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Lynn October 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Wow Lance! I am so proud of you and I loved the ending description with the exuberant crowd and your family in sight.

My boss wants three of us to run / walk the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta with him on July 4 morning. I said I’d do it. :) It is 6.4 miles, so perfectly doable. I do have issues with my feet (flat feet and terrible bunions), but want to do it anyway. So I’m beginning the training now.
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Lynn,
Thank YOU!! The end was such a wonderful sight to see – and to have all the people cheering me on … even people I didn’t know at all – so moving! And then…to see my family…a wonderful sight for my tired body…

Woohoo!! Very awesome – YOU, running the Peachtree next year! You’ll rock it!

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KCLAnderson (Karen) October 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I got goosebumps too!!

Yes, I used to think that my destination was unreachable!! I used to think that I had to run…first a 5K, then a 10K, then a half, then a full. Because that’s what everyone else in the community was doing. I wanted the high-fives and the “you go girls”. And then I thought there was something wrong with me because even though I tried…and made pronouncements, I never did it (well, I’ve done my share of 5Ks but that’s it). And I’d be jealous of those who went farther.

But now that I actually know what *my* dreams are…and am pursuing them…I can be genuinely happy for *anyone* who pursues their dream with passion and reaches the finish line!!

Go Lance!

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Karen,
That’s exactly it!! It’s about listening to YOUR heart…and what it speaks to you. And then…like the marathon…going out there and doing it…whatever that means for the dreams that YOU have. I love what you have shared – and how you have fully moved into that space of seeing YOUR passions!! Thanks so much for sharing this…

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Melissa Anderson October 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Congratulations Lance!!!

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Melissa,
Thank you!!

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Erin Prais-Hintz October 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I cannot imagine a more stunning goal than to run a marathon. I don’t even run if I am chased. ;-)
It really is the self-doubt that keeps you from achieving your goals. You knew all about the hard work, the daunting task, the glorious triumph. But when you allow that voice inside to strangle that dream you have lost. The dream, the journey is different for everyone, but it is possible, no matter how crazy it may be. First you have to put it out to the Universe. The Universe delivers on what you have made manifest. Then you need to plan. Set the stage. Chart the course. That is always the hardest for me. But surrounding yourself with those who believe in the beauty of your dream…. ah… that is the real triumph. I am doing that right now with the Working Artist Initiative and my goal is a personal and cohesive line of jewelry. I have given myself over to the Plan for the next 7 months. And I will get there. Becuase nothing happens by accident, you need to will it into being.

Congratulations Lance, on this milestone! (Pun intended!) I am so proud of you. And thank you for being a constant source of inspiration to me.

Enjoy the day!
Erin
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Erin,
I am smiling (ha!)!! You are funny!!

That voice that puts doubt into our heads…it can suck the life right out of our dreams and aspirations, if we let it. When we move beyond that voice, though…when we truly let our heart speak to us (and we fully listen) – the Universe does indeed provide.

Erin, I have personally seen your jewelry (we have some right here in our house!) and it is amazingly beautiful! And of course, I could just be saying that. The thing is, though – and I remember this very much from working with you in its creation – how very special the whole process was. And what touched me, too – how you personalized it when you sent it to us. It most definitely came straight from your soul…I know that. And what a beautiful place to operate from!

So know also…that I am here for you…I’m in your corner, and I’ll help you any way I can to reach your goal (and I mean all of this very deeply…)…

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Robin Easton October 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Dearest Lance, I am speechless!!! Just blown away. I have tears in my eyes. To many it may appear that this happened solely due to outward physical strength, but I know that at the core, it took INCREDIBLE, ENORMOUS emotional and mental strength.

You are a massive inspiration to me. As I read this I could feel in my gut the intense commitment you had to make, over and over and over again, to be able to accomplish this. THAT speaks volumes of your courage and integrity. This isn’t JUST a physical accomplishment; it is an emotional, mental and even spiritual accomplishment.

I feel deep respect for you, which I always have, but you have gone into yourself even deeper. In tackling this challenge, something altered in your forever. You are not even the same person your were 6 months ago. You know even more deeply what you are made of and what you are capable of.

Sending you a HUGE huge and much love.
I am once again inspired by you, and won’t forget it.
Robin

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Robin,
Your words are so meaningful…thank you.

The culmination of months of training – one morning or competing. On the outside, it most definitely looks like a physical challenge (…and it was). And then it was everything else, too – the mental, spiritual (thanks so much for bringing that one up, too) and emotional challenges (and highs) that were there too – and at times – more challenging than the physical aspect of running.

I recall the long hours of running that I put in in training – and as I think about that now – the first thought that comes to mind is how these moments were some that were deeply meditative. What a wonderful way to be outside in nature…and at the same time – connecting more deeply to me… Robin, I know you understand, at a soul level, what I’m talking about. What a gift it is to have you here.

Big hugs of gratitude and love,
Lance

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Adrienne October 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Too cool!! Congratulations and good for you, Lance! 26.2 miles is no easy feat. Your post brought me right back to my own journey, only mine was a half marathon. What an incredible feeling…at many points during the run and of course, crossing the finish line. For the first time in my life, I understood the meaning of “runner’s high!”

What’s next on the bucket list? :-)
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Adrienne,
Thank you!! I knew those last miles would be challenging…I just didn’t know HOW challenging they would be!

And – how awesome!! YOU…completing a half marathon! Isn’t that such an amazing feeling – to cross that finish line!! And it is…because of all the work you’ve put in to get to that point – and that’s what makes it so meaningful.

Next on my bucket list?? Hmmm….I’m working on something right now (…more to come…)….

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Katie October 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Lance, oh my, this post gave me such a rush. I was there with you at mile 25. Tears welled up. You are such an inspiration to us, to your family and to yourself, which is awesome. Thank you for sharing this big moment in your life and making us all feel so much a part of it. Also for showing us all how to bring the ways in which you’ve changed and the things you’ve discovered about yourself into our own lives. Simply breathtaking.
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Katie,
Reaching mile 25…knowing there was just over one mile to go…at that moment, it once again felt like I was going to do this! The culmination of months of training brought to that point…with just a mile to go. And that felt as good as it did…because of every step that had taken place along the way, leading up to that moment. And such is life…that in which we invest deeply (of ourselves)…it’s those moments that have the deeper meaning for us… Katie, I know from reading your amazing work…that you fully “get” this…and it’s so awesome to have you here celebrating with me! Thank you!!

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The Exception October 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Lance –
Congratulations!! The run was a great accomplishment as what the training. Great post and wow… you did it!! Life is a series of races… the training, the fatigue, the sense of accomplishments, the lessons learned… You illustrated it so well with your running adventure.
Again, congratulations!
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

The Exception,
Thank you!! Yes…life is like this…if we think of it as a series of races. Races in which we are out there for us…and when the races we choose are ones that have deeper meaning for us…what we take from them, too, is also filled with so much good.

Thanks again for being here and for celebrating with me!

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Tim October 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Lance:

Congrats on your incredible accomplishment! Thanks for sharing this because it helps me realize that all of us are capable of some amazing things if we put in the time and effort and get the support we need. I’ve always admired anyone who has finished a marathon and you are no exception, my friend. Thank you for sharing your amazing descriptions and beautiful lessons you’ve learned. I’m blown away by your accomplishment.

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Tim,
Thank you!! If there’s one thing I take away from this – it’s not the time I finished the race in…it’s that when I have a goal – I CAN do it! When I think back to early spring – really, the idea of competing in a marathon just wasn’t fully registering as possible…even though I was talking of making the commitment. And as I told Lori several times – having her there, added this extra layer of accountability (and the beauty of having accountability partners in all aspects of our life).

Tim, thanks so much for being here!! You have been such a great supporter, and having you here for this is just extra special!

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Mindful Mimi October 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Lance!
I have tears in my eyes after reading this. I SO feel with you. Although I have only run a half marathon, I know exactly where you were every step of the way. And it was tough. And we did it!
So, great job! You did it! Woohoo!
M
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Lance October 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Miranda,
I just know how you can relate to this…as I know you have just within the last week or so…completed your half marathon (and I am so PROUD of you!!). We did it!! High fives!! You are awesome!! We are awesome!!! Woohoo!!

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Dandy October 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Wow, great post. You should feel so proud of yourself. What touched me most about your article was the support you had. That makes such a huge difference. With encouragement from loved ones the journey is still hard, but not unbearable. Sometime it can be very lonley to partake on a journey that has deep meaning. Your supporters deserve a round of applause.

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Dandy,
It’s great to have you here!! And thanks so much for your wonderful words! The support I had really made all the difference. From Lori, who helped create a plan and kept me motivated all along the way, to Meaghan who created training runs (and pushed me!!), to Lora who rode a bike alongside me…carrying water and gatorade…it was a team effort! And each of these people (and more) were with me on Sunday (with me…in my heart…). Big, big applause for all the amazing support I received!! And thank YOU for being here to celebrate!

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Dia October 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations Lance on your accomplishment. I have never run in a marathon. I should try it some day.

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Lance October 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Dia,
Thank you!! Running a marathon is no easy task…and one that, for me, touched upon so many other areas of my life, too. Good stuff…

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Emergefit October 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

So a nearly 50-year old man sits crying in front of his computer; shedding tears for a man he has never met, and who loves thousands of miles away, because they share something in common — other than the completion of a marathon. We share an appreciation for the journey, and a knowledge that the destination is not the end.

I really needed to read this today, for reason much too personal to site here. And although this was about you, I needed it. Thank you.

Congratulations!

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Lance October 7, 2010 at 4:52 am

Roy,
Right back atcha, my friend. I so admire the path you are on, and the directions you are going on your journey. And that makes having you here even more meaningful.

This is a journey…life… And, sometimes that road along the journey is a challenge, and sometimes it’s a whole heck of a lot of fun. …and the journey continues…

Roy, keep shining your light…

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now October 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I’ve lost count of how many times I felt like mile 20. I recently hit mile 20 this weekend as I was trying to prepare an e-course for my readers. I was running like a madman and slowing down with each day. This weekend came and went and my body and mind did too. I had a queasy stomach all day yesterday. It was just a lot of work

I finally crossed the finish line and feel proud of the course that I delivered. It’s not perfect, but it’s packed with great stuff.

I’m starting to recover. I now know that I need a long vacation.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 4:57 am

Karl,
Ah yes, that hypothetical “mile 20″….that point where we want to throw in the towel on something we’ve put a lot of time and effort into. (and when we are 80% of the way “there”…)

Keep on believing, Karl…believing in “you”…and in the journey.

And that’s it, too. It’s not about doing something perfectly (because, honestly, is that even possible?)…it’s about doing it (especially in those things that matter deeply).

This week has been a little more low-key for me (kind of like a vacation), and it’s felt great to be in that place. Karl, definitely take time to unwind and step away from it all…

Keep bringing your amazing to the world!!

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Eliza October 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Oh, good for you, Lance! Ah, THE WALL. You hit it, eh? A friend of mine said there is no running through The Wall. You have to push it all the way to finish line.

Awesome accomplishment. Not just the race itself, but actually more so, the dedication to all the training hours. I did a 1/2 marathon in the Spring and that in itself required lots of training hours.

Onto your question: Are you choosing a journey that has deep meaning for you?

Yes, all my heart and soul is going into Silver & Grace Women’s Magazine. Like the marathon training it is jam packed with long hours and challenges. But it is exhilarating, and I am deeply committed to making it the online magazine for women over forty to learn from and share their own experiences and wisdom.

LOL … okay, so, did my passion come across in that last bit, or did it end up sounding like a cheesy infomercial? *pokes fun at herself*
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 5:06 am

Eliza,
Thank you!! You know, you bring up a great point. When I reached that WALL…it most definitely felt like I was pushing it. (and that was no easy task!)

The marathon (and 1/2 marathon) is a race that take lots and lots of training hours. And it’s the accumulation of all of that – coupled with the race itself (and all that it is) – that makes crossing the finish line that much sweeter.

Congratulations to YOU on your half marathon!! So awesome!!

And thanks so much for sharing where you are on your journey right now – I very much sense your passion for this Silver & Grace Women’s Magazine – and that’s the stuff that makes life so filled with meaning. I can’t wait to see where this goes for you…and know also that I’ll support you in any way I can.

And to answer your question: Mmmm….your passion shines, Eliza!! And it is lovely!

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Marisa (Loser for Life) October 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Lance, this was such an amazing recap of your marathon journey! Wow. I’m just soaking up all your emotion of that day! Love that you did this; it’s an huge accomplishment. You have me so excited for my first half marathon in November now!

Congrats! You ROCK!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 5:08 am

Marisa,
Thank you so much!! It really was such an amazing day – and some of that – it took me until the next day and beyond to fully comprehend (as I let it all continue to sink in).

Woohoo!! To your half marathon coming up soon!! Oh…I am cheering you on already!!!

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Vanessa October 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

WOW. Talk about life inspiring art, the art of your writing. Telling your story: now that is what art and writing and creativity is all about. Writing the story of our lives. Telling it as transparently as possible. Talking of those things that challenge us AND make us stronger. I love your story. It inspires me to not give up, to go toward every destination, as another part of the journey, and to keep going until I am at the end. Thanks, Lance, for sharing this and for being truly YOU. Much love!!! Vanessa
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

Vanessa,
Thank you. Your words reach deep into my soul…

Yes, those things which challenge us…they DO make us stronger. Maybe we don’t see it always – in the moment (I know that I don’t) – still, though, these moments do. Vanessa, thanks so much for your support and care…always. Much love to you, sweet friend…

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Lauren October 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Dearest Lance,

Your beautiful post brings tears to my eyes. I almost felt like I was there training and running with you – of course, I didn’t have to put in the hard work to take this particular journey! :-). I picture you out there in the rain and all the rest of this amazing journey.

I’m so happy for your perseverance and I’m also inspired. I can feel the importance of pushing through in a way that let’s us know more is possible than we often dare dream.

I love this reminder and I’m committed to expanding into more and more love, joy, and fun! I had such fun boogie boarding this summer. Who knows – maybe next year I’ll learn to surf. Why not!

Bravo!

Big hugs and big congratulations,
Lauren
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 5:39 am

Lauren,
I recall very clearly one of the days it rained. The morning started just as an overcast day – and about an hour in – a light mist began. That light mist quickly turned into a steady rainshower – for the rest of the run. I went from hot to cool. I was completely soaked. And it was a new challenge on to running (running for this long in the rain). And it was also good…as I let that rain wash over me…letting myself become one with nature…in that moment.

Lauren, you shine so beautifully when it comes to LOVE. And I know this has been a journey for you, too…as truly each of our lives are…as we travel through this thing called life.

Woohoo!! Surfing!! I can’t wait to hear more about this (and that is something that would very much challenge me!!)

Thank you so much for your amazing support!

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Clearly Composed October 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

DUDE!! I am humbled and touched that you let us all in on how this moved and touched you. Your huge heart pumps more than blood…it sends out crazy love, support and encouragement to all and I am not surprised folks flock to celebrate all that is YOU. You change lives…when you write, when you run, how you live and how you share. Namaste, my yoga bro…let’s stretch it out!!!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 5:42 am

Emma,
Hey yoga sis!! I DID stretch it out….Monday evening…yoga class (okay…and that was definitely a challenge!!) (although…it felt great, too!)

So awesome to have you here…and know that your words are landing upon my heart this morning. And it reminds me what is truly so good for me about writing (which also is a journey…and one that has moments where I feel like I’m at mile 20).

And – know that I’m so excited for you…running sis!!! –> on the running you have been doing!!

Keep shining your amazing and beautiful light!

Namaste,
Lance

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Rich October 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I think that you are an inspiration to those who have yet to run a marathon. Many do not realize what they have within themselves- all they need to do is seek what is inside.

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Jenn October 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

thank you for this note, Rich: *Many do not realize what they have within themselves- all they need to do is seek what is inside. .. so very true!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

Rich,
Thank you!! I honestly felt this way – not that many months ago – like this seemed an unreachable goal. And yet – with perseverance and dedication…it became to be! As it can for each of us…in all our life dreams…

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BLOOMING PARIS/ Jenn October 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Dear Lance,
This post is truly one that says the depth of your character, and your belief in Life (living in the value of the now in how you pour that into others through Being who you are, and moving forward for the heights in challenging yourself, especially when you don’t have to).
The fact that you chose this journey, and set out a plan –gave it your ALL and showed up — was more than most would do. But, to run and run HARD to finally reach the Finish line, and push harder than you even knew as possible(your personal best!)… I am truly honored to know you. These are the stories that truly ENCOURAGE us all. You have reminded us that it can be done with hard-won effort and a strong support team, and especially the inner belief that first aligned with a goal. This really describes you so much in all you do, and what you bring in value to others.
CONGRATULATIONS to You, THE FINISHER. (even that seems so little to say… but it is heartfully said…. I know that you will experience so many ripple effects of new courage come from this in whatever comes next for you.) Many blessings to you and yours!! xx, Jenn
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 6:54 am

Jenn,
Your words are sweet and caring…thank you so much!

And the big thing from all this (as awesome as it was to cross the finish line), was that belief that I CAN do whatever I truly desire to…if I just believe in myself and really commit to doing it. …as can we all…

Jenn, it is so wonderful to have you here! You, my friend, truly inspire me!

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Rayna October 6, 2010 at 2:02 am

From one Finisher to another – Congratulations.
This is one journey that is always worth it, even if you do it only once.

Brilliant write up too- really brought out the goosebumps.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 6:55 am

Rayna,
Congratulations to you, too!! That’s awesome!!

And in all the journey’s that speak to our heart…they are all so worth it…

Thank you!!

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Diggy October 6, 2010 at 4:09 am

Hey Lance,
wow congrats on completing a marathon!

The most I have run in one go was 10Km and that was more than enough for me:) I have no desire to run the marathon, but maybe one day I will do it just to say that I did.

I guess you need to be fit, but most of the difficulty is the mental challenge of keeping on running while your body is protesting and sending thoughts to your brain like “Why are you doing this to me”

Keep up the good work!
Cheers
Diggy
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

Diggy,
Thank you!!

And you bring up an excellent point – I ran this marathon…but that doesn’t mean everyone should do that. It’s really about connecting with what deeply matters to each of us…and then believing in ourselves and getting out there and doing it.

It’s great to have you here joining in the celebration!

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Evelyn Lim October 6, 2010 at 7:14 am

Congratulations! 26.2 miles? Amazing!! Glad to know that you succeeded in having a breakthrough. You are indeed an inspiration! It’s wonderful that you have had some of the best support you can find while doing and training for the marathon.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 6:59 am

Evelyn,
Thank you so, so much!!

Support was such an important part of this whole process…much more so than I thought going into it. And I am indeed grateful for the amazing people who stood beside me all the way through. And…truly…for the people here right now (like you!), sharing in this with me….that makes it all so worth it.

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Andrea DeBell - britetalk October 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

Hi Lance! This is quite an accomplishment! Congrats again!!! I use to run 10ks but nothing like a marathon. When we run, as when we move through life, it’s useful to have perseverance. We all have a different journey even though we “run” together.

Thanks for sharing every step of your journey with us. I felt like I ran with you. What a wonderful feeling. Loving blessings!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:06 am

Andrea,
Thank you so, so much!! You are SWEET!! (…and a 10K race is also a great accomplishment…so very awesome!)

Yes, each of us have a very unique and personal journey…even though it might feel similar to what other’s are having on their journey. Truly…each of us are unique… Still, we share a common bond – our human-ness – and that DOES connect us to each other, and to the journey’s we are each on being also intertwined. (…and it is a lovely thing)

Andrea, it is so good to know you…and to be traveling beside you on this journey you are on…

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Jannie Funster October 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

This makes me cry tears of joy for you, my friend!!!

I cannot imagine what you went through those last 6.2 miles, but you gave me a good glimpse into the highs and lows of it.

YAYYYY!!!!! This is so so so fantastic, YOU FINISHER, YOU. (add a million exclamations to that.)

Me? Continuing on my musical journey — carrying my guitar with me these days to parctice a lot, as I’m in the studio next week. And if I don’t play it as well as I wish next week, I’ll just practice more and go back into the studio again. There can be no fail, only lessons to learn.

You are so awesome, and inspiring, Lance. I love you and your spirit of goodness.

xoxo
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:10 am

Jannie,
Sweet, sweet friend…thank you!!!

Those last 6.2 miles were such a challenge to me – on all levels (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually). And as much of a challenge as these miles were – it was also that challenge which made reaching the finish line that much sweeter.

Jannie, I just want you to know…your musical journey is one of beauty! And that I’m along on this journey with you…what a gift that is!

Keep playing (in all forms!!), Jannie….and thank you again for your amazing friendship…

Love always…
Lance

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Jannie Funster October 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’ve actually postponed the next studio time, as I know I will not be ready for this coming week. It’s a blessing too, to know when something needs more work.

When’s your next Marathon?

xo
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Lance October 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Ahhh…yes…that knowing when we need some more work…now that’s a good place to be. In recognizing this, you see what is possible with the extra effort put in. And – Jannie – I KNOW it will be amazing!!

Hmmm…that next marathon??? I’m on the fence yet…

xoxo

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Stacey Shipman October 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

Congratulations! Running a marathon is such an accomplishment mixed with so many emotions. Although it’s been many years since I ran, the experience remains. Sometimes it is the strength I need to take a new road. No one can take it away from you. Enjoy some rest – you deserve it!

And don’t forget to stretch! :-)

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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

Stacey,
Thank you!!

Fellow marathoner…I know you “get” this…having been there yourself. (and in Boston, no less!!)

And that’s it…the race is over…except that it stays with me (with you) – the experience. And from that – we are reminded that those things which really have meaning to us…when we commit to them….we CAN do them!! What an amazing feeling!

And…hey, guess what!! I did stretch (it was about the first thing I did…as the ground called my name right after the finish…so I figured I might as well stretch while I was down there!). And…yoga on Monday evening (with a whole bunch more stretching!!). I did good (on the stretching), didn’t I!!!

Thanks again Stacey!! Great to have you here…and great to have your friendship…

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offbeat woman October 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

Hey Lance, Many congrats and brilliant rehashing of the agony and the ecstasy too. I felt as though I were the one running not you. You exhausted me! Fantastic achievement for you mentally as well as physically. I hope you’re still soaring high on your post marathon rush.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

Offbeat Woman,
Thank you!!

Ha!! Guess what?? I exhausted myself, too!! Wow – I came home, took a shower, and proceeded to get in a two hour nap!!

And – yes, I am still soaring high from this – knowing all the ups and downs along the way – it makes this all that much sweeter…

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Lisa @Sacred Circle October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thank you sooo much for the genuine and sparkling inspiration… I am training to run my first 5k in December, and while that’s quite piddly compared to your 26.2 miles, each time I run, I am learning that much more about what I am capable of, and stretching my comfort zones, and truly beginning to believe that yes, I can do this. Your words are very uplifting to me on this fall morning…
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:21 am

Lisa,
Very awesome!! YOU…training for your first 5K!! Length-wise, this may be shorter than the marathon. What it does for you, on a deeper level, though…that is truly what matters.

You ARE capable of all of this!! Lisa – know that I am cheering you on, that I’m here in your corner, and I know that you have, within in, what it takes!!!

And thank you so much for being here and sharing in this celebration!! You are AWESOME!

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rob white October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

Hi Lance,
Wonderful accomplishment. A great reminder of why we must continually take on new challenges and goals. The thrill of evolving and creating a new version of ourselves is infinitely rewarding. I continually take on my own personal “marathons” because I desire to express the highest version of myself in this lifetime. Looking forward to seeing what is next for you, Lance.

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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:27 am

Rob,
Thank you!!

This was truly an experience in evolving as a human being…the whole process from day one back in the spring up until October 3rd. And as I reflect back on that, now – I feel even more deeply the rewards of all that went into preparing for one day in time.

Rob, you shine at taking on your own personal “marathons”…and in that…you are an inspiration!! Thanks so much for being here!

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Tess The Bold Life October 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

Way to go Lance…Woot woot! I loved following along on your progress. It’s amazing what our bodies can do isn’t it? Simply amazing. And to think we’re free to do this or anything else that stretches us to new growth any time we want to challenge ourselves is amazing. You’re showing the rest of us the way…
I’m excited for you and grateful for showing us the way. Love the photo!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

Tess,
Thank you!!! And…I know how much you can relate to this…as I know the running that you do.

Our bodies are such amazing devices!! And when you really think about that – how our bodies work, how we have been created – that really, in itself, is amazing!

Tess, it’s wonderful to have you along on this journey…thanks so much for being here!

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Hilda October 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hi Lance,

Congratulations on your amazing achievement. I absolutely recognise and acknowledge the inner challenge required to be able to complete what appears to most to be a matter of physical strength and stamina. It’s so much more about the mental and emotional strength and stamina, and it does not surprise me one bit that you rose to it! As you so eloquently pointed out, our limiting beliefs are a bigger obstacle than anything else in getting to where we’d like to go. They are not facts, they’re just thoughts, and when we choose to think otherwise there is no limit to what we can achieve.

Can’t wait to see what challenge you next set yourself! ;-)
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:35 am

Hilda,
Thank you so much!!

It really is about the mental and emotional strength. Honestly, my legs never did stop moving (as much as they wanted to…). It really took the mental strength to move beyond that, to believe in my body and what it is capable of.

Hilda, I know that you, too, challenge yourself…and in that…I know you “get” this message. Thanks so much for being here, and for your wonderful friendship.

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Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord October 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Oh Lance, as if your finishing a marathon wasn’t enough! The way you’ve likened it to the lives we all lead – the journeys we are all on… Beautiful.

Your closing statement about how your life has forever been altered by achieving your marathon goal. YES! I get that… I so very much “get” that. Each step we take along our path – but especially when in-tune with our wants/desires/goals – alters us. Imprints us with possibility rather than limitation.

You have accomplished something so big that I feel inspired by you once more — inspired to raise the bar higher for myself.

Loving you lots, my friend!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Megan,
Having you here is special…as are all the words you so graciously share. (thank you, dear friend)

We are so filled with possibility…each and every one of us!! And the more deeply we connect with the journey we are on…the more we honestly see this (within us).

Megan, know that YOU as such an inspiration in my life…something I don’t know if I can fully express. Know, though, that YOU…being here (here in my life)…it matters.

With deep love and gratitude,
Lance

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Jody - Fit at 52 October 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Lance.. amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just the thoughts the highs, lows struggles, joys & more!!! Love this!

Limited by my own beliefs in what is possible within me. Have you ever been there? – You wrote this… yes, I understand this way more than I care to admit!!!!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

Jody,
Thank you so much!!

Ah…and I too understand that way more than I care to admit. Yet, when we move beyond this…when we set these self-limiting beliefs aside…there is all sorts of amazing just waiting for us!!

Jody, I’ve witnessed this amazing within you…and it truly is that…amazing!!

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Sandra Lee October 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Lance, Bravo! There are many wonderful lessons here! For some reason, I really picked up on this one: “I felt energized by their presence, their moving forward.” The right group can really help keep us moving forward. Thanks for sharing your success and all your lessons along the way.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

Sandra,
Thank you!!

Being surrounded by these other runners…there was a certain camaraderie. And in that, seeing another out there – doing this – it was inspiring! We are all connected…and I most definitely felt that, in these moments out on the course, especially the more difficult the steps became.

Sandra, thank you so much for being here!

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Marelisa October 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Lance: I am so, so proud of you for completing a marathon! Way to gooooo! :-)
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Mare,
Thank you so much!! I know that there is much you can relate to in here…as I know you, too, are a runner! It’s great to have you here, on this one especially!

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Haylea Flint October 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Congrats, Lance! It’s great to read about someone who had such a positive experience as well! Best of luck to you, should you choose to do this again!

Happy Running
-Haylea

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Lance October 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

Haylea,
And congratulations to you, too!! What an experience for sure!!

Keep running…and keep loving life!

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Yum Yucky October 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Well, gosh. I have a goal, but it’s not big. It’s rather puny and too easily attained. I need to think big(er). MUCH bigger. My personal goals are tiny compared to my business or family oriented goals. It’s time I stopped NOT thinking about myself. I’m going to set a PERSONAL goal…. and run it like a marathon. :)
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Josie,
I know you think big goals (and then act upon them). Hey, how about last year’s little food eating contest we had!!

You bring a really important point, though – how often do we put aside ourselves…and what does that really get us? This is our life…now…

Keep runnin’, my friend…

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Farnoosh October 7, 2010 at 2:16 am

Congratulations a thousand times over ….you kept going past the pain, the pain, the agony – I feel that in cycling and I have got to get back into it but a month of travel has put a wrench into everything – including staying up all night! Gosh Lance, you have become even a better writer and reach even deeper into our hearts after your fantastic marathon. I am SO proud of you and so very happy to know you!
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Farnoosh,
Thank you so, so much!!

And right there – your travels – what a journey that is!! And that you are taking the steps to LIVE this in your life – what a gift you give to others (in your very passion-filled writing of your world adventures).

Okay…and NOW…it’s time for you to SLEEP!!!! I hope you are savoring some moments of rest (…and I’ve done that same thing this week!).

Welcome home…sweet friend…

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Hilary October 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

Hi Lance .. well done .. that is an amazing achievement .. and I guess .. actually blogging about it afterwards .. the story will forever be there for your kids .. so many times we achieve a milestone & that’s it .. there’s no record as such .. so the blogging journey has been built into your marathon run.

To achieve is fantastic .. and to realise the levels, the highs the lows and the plateaus along the way .. really well done – and to think that we have friends we blog with who help along this marathon run .. is almost unbelievable – except we know great friendships that you have with Lori – mean so much to the two of you, as well as us reading along.

Lora and the kids must have laughed, chuckled, hugged, cuddled, supported, mopped the tears, admired, encouraged, mended, built the ego .. I can do …. and then been the oh so proud family of the achiever …

Fantastic to be here and read of your incredible achievement .. along both your journeys .. congratulations and just enjoy that success .. love reading about it … a big hug of congratulations from me .. Hilary
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Hilary,
I love what you have shared – about the writing in this space forever keeps this memory alive…for me and for anyone else who feels deeply connected to it.

Having Lori along for this – that has been a true gift.

And then for Lora and my kids to be there (and really – to have been there all along the way)…another true gift.

Hilary, I can really just sense your enthusiasm…and how good that is!! Thank you so much for being here to celebrate with me!

Big hugs!
Lance

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Michelle @ Following Your Joy October 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

Lance,

WOW!!! I actually had goosebumps at the end of the post! To imagine that ‘high’ at the finish line with your family in view and a knowing that YOU DID IT…is incredible. Sincere congrats to you – what an amazing accomplishment. And yes, anything is possible. I like your question of whether or not we are choosing a journey that has deep meaning for us. My answer is “YES!”, and I’m going to take time today to pause and think about how I would label that journey and what it looks like.

Thank you for the inspiration, Lance, and a huge virtual hug and high-five coming your way! I’m honored to know you.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Michelle,
Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words!!

And I love your resounding YES!!! Michelle, I sense very much that you are in a place that feels so good and right for you…and how amazing and incredible that is!! Keep following those dreams of yours…

Big hugs and high fives right back!
Lance

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Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point October 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Congratulations!

I have to say that reading this made me feel like I can do anything, Lance! You are such a shining light in this world. I hope you know how much energy you give us with your writing, your doing and your being.

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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Belinda,
Thank you so, so much!!

You CAN do anything you want to!! And you know, Belinda, I feel that even more deeply after this past weekend. It’s within all of us…if we really believe…and then just go out there and “do”.

Thank you again for your sweet, sweet words. I’m touched, deeply, by all of this…

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Christopher Foster October 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

A real joy to share this post Lance. We are not as separate as we think. It’s the simple truth. So when you have a true triumph, not only follow your dream but fulfill your dream, I share it, it affects me, I’m there with you, experiencing the joy and the pain, even though I may not consciously realize that.

And it’s the same the other way around, isn’t it? If I’m true to my journey and the thrust of my integrity (perhaps not running in a marathon mind you) in some way beyond mental comprehension you share in my life, my pain, my fulfillment. It was a distinct pleasure to share this post. Well done in so many ways Lance.
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Christopher,
Thanks, my friend!!

We are truly connected…and it is so good to share with you today. And – very much, this is a two-way street. I DO share in your pains, your triumphs, you life…and it’s wonderful…

Thanks so much for being here…

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Angelia Sims October 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Congratulations Lance, your journey and your determination is inspiring to us all. The moments you offer to enrich our lives from your experiences – such a blessing.
Thank you for being YOU. For sharing YOU. And for giving us every moment to be grateful for, and to fight for.

So glad to have met you! That is one beautiful medal. :-)
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Lance October 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Angelia,
Thank you so, so much!! Your words are sweet and so, so meaningful.

Angelia…it is truly an honor to know you, to have had our paths cross outside of just this space here, and to call you friend.

Much peace to you, and especially in all that lies ahead for you in the coming days. Know that I am, very much, holding you in beautiful thoughts…

P.S. –> the medal really IS very cool!!

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Brenda October 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Lance, your post left me speechless!! I can’t say too much more than what others have already shared! I just want you to know that you inspire me greatly and I love the strength, beauty and clarity of your being!!! Keep posting, keep running, keep embracing life the way you do!!!
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Lance October 8, 2010 at 5:19 am

Brenda,
Your words are so wonderful – thank you, very much, for this!!

This whole experience – it was so much more than just the run. And that continues…as I let it all soak in even more, and am touched by the words everyone has shared here (like yours).

Thanks again for your amazing support, and for being here for this especially!

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Quix October 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

(Saw this post due to a retweet. Hi! New to the blog, gonna go dig around in the archives :D)

On that same day (Oct 3rd), I finished my first Olympic distance triathlon. If any0ne ever asked me how it felt, I might as well just link them here, as you summed it up so poetically. Congrats on your great accomplishment! Enjoy being among the finishers!

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Lance October 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Quix,
Thanks so much for stopping in – and for reading this! It’s great to have you here!

Wow!! Congratulation on the Olympic tri!! I’ve done sprints before – and have held off on the Olypmics because of the distance (primarily of the swim!!). So – that is so AWESOME, what you have done!! You too – enjoy being a finisher!!!

And thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words…

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FatFighterTV October 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Woot! Congrats, Lance! That is awesome that you finished a marathon! And what a beautifully written post.
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Lance October 9, 2010 at 5:00 am

Sahar,
Thanks so much!! And…I LOVE your enthusiasm!! (now…if I would have had some of that at about mile 22!!!)

It’s great having you here and sharing in this!!

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Suzie Cheel October 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Dear Lance,

yes goose bumps and so much emotion for you and what you have achieved- I could feel your growth on this journey in your words. They have moved me to – it really is time to get off the fence.
Thanks for the questions
Yes have been here, just recently- thanks for asking:)
Limited by my own beliefs in what is possible within me.
and yes that voice of reason- I have one I have been listening to for far too long. I have a BHAG that I came up with at 3 am many months ago, that would be that journey that has deep meaning for you?
Just this morning I decided to take action and I come here and read this post, thankyou
hugs
Suzie
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Lance October 9, 2010 at 5:04 am

Suzie,
Thank you so, so much.

This really has been a journey…and one that has been filled with so much growth, so much learning.

So awesome to read this, Suzie – to read about your BHAG – and know that you are taking steps on that journey toward this! Know that I’m here to support you in any way that I can.

Big hugs and lots of love,
Lance

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J.D. Meier October 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

I like the tour of your mental map and meaningful journey.

That Lao-tzu one-liner is perfect and always reminds me of the saying … “How do you eat an elephant? … one bite at a time.”
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Lance October 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

JD,
Thanks!! This really has been a meaningful journey…and now it continues (the directions…still being worked out!).

Great saying, too – and so fitting!!

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JoyChristin October 10, 2010 at 1:05 am

Hi Lance,
Congratulations..wow!
Thank you for sharing as you do..the idea of running a marathon intimidates me..but I am training because I know my body can do it..I need to get my mind on board:)
Then you liken it to life..and I see, Lance, I See…
In my life currently I feel like I am at mile 28, can almost see the finish, can almost feel the sense of accomplishment, just had refreshing water, but man oh man, to pull it all together to make it when my mind says how, how will this be possible?
My heart says *anything* is truly possible..so I know this stretch may be tough, and it hurts a bit..but then I hear a story like yours, a reminder of what I know to be true..and I think pull it together and hang in there, because the rewards are awesome..it’s the process..truly…
*You* are amazing..thank you for your generous Spirit…
I’m glad that you have friends and family to support and encourage you..and I love the comments from your readers:)
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Lance October 10, 2010 at 6:31 am

Joy,
Thank you!!

Those challenging moments – the miles 20, 22, 28 – whatever they are for us in our life – when we continue to move forward (especially in those areas of deep meaning) – what awaits us is beautiful. And it is beautiful because of our experiences, our moments, our life journey to reach this special place…a special place is that but a stop upon our journey through this life.

Joy, your words are touching and so meaningful today. And even more – I see the beautiful light you shine in this world always reflected through your amazing soul. It is so good having you here on this journey with me…

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Colleen October 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

A most wonderful recap Lance. Love the pic also.

“Mile twenty six. Two-tenths of a mile to go. So close. The crowd – more exuberant than ever! My family – within view! The finish line – such a glorious sight.”

Nice! :)
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Lance October 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

Colleen,
Thank you!!!

That finish…coming in…the crowd, my family, the finish line…such an amazing (and emotional) experience!!

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Evita October 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Helllooooo Lance!

Wow! This is incredible! You did it! Congrats and congrats again!
I cannot begin to imagine what the 26plus miles felt like, and that fact that you only begin to feel the challenge at mile 20 is just amazing!

I know this meant a lot to you and going through with this challenge has shed an amazing amount of growth, light and expansion to your being!

My happiness is with you :)
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Lance October 12, 2010 at 5:37 am

Helllooooo Evita!!

Welcome back home!! And it’s great to have you here – you bring such a wonderful energy.

This whole experience of the marathon – from the training, to the nutrition, to the mental challenges, to the race itself (and more) – so much growth and learning. And in all of that – as I reflect back over the last many months – I am changed…changed in wonderful ways!

Evita, it is so great having you here – sharing in this with me. Your friendship, your support, your caring – all so meaningful. Thank you!!

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Audra Krell October 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

Sorry I’m late to congratulate and compliment you!! I always knew you had what it takes Lance, but now you know that you know that you know!!!! I love that you took this opportunity to partner with Lora in a new way, and you guys too are stronger than ever. Lifechanging….yessir!
Way to go Lance, and blessings for many,many more.
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Lance October 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Audra,
You know what…it is great having you here whenever that works for you!! So…I’ll take today…and you!! (I’ll take that any day!)

This was really one of those things that seemed so far out there, so unreachable. And yet…step by step – this journey took me to that finish line. Having Lora along was icing on the cake – her support through all of the training and on race day was amazing!!

Audra, thanks so much for being here!!!

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Ewa October 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

“Limited by my own beliefs in what is possible within me.

Have you ever been there?”

I live there, all the time.

I found your blog just today and I love it. I will have to re-read this post. I can see this is going to be one of those blogs one keeps on coming back to.
Congratulations on stretching your limits.
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Lance October 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Ewa,
It’s great to have you here!

Those self-limiting beliefs we create within ourselves. I was thinking about that just this afternoon, after a comment someone said to me. It really hit home (their comment was very uplifting) – on how easily it is to limit ourselves (…to limit myself). And the thing is – the more we step into our own amazing light – the more brightly we shine (and in that…also … the more we allow others to shine brightly themselves). Ewa, although I don’t know you very well yet – I just know it’s there – within you…the amazing light you have!!! I know it!

…and I believe…in you.

Looking forward, very much, to knowing you better…

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Little Lessons Under the Big Sky October 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Just got back around to reading this one Lance. Of course, it spoke to me in multiple ways. I completed my first marathon in 2008. The amount of dedication and emotional energy as well as juggling family and work opened a whole new window in my life.

Marathons take you so far beyond your comfort zone that you have only your hope to get you through! Congratulations on realizing that dream, and I should say congratulations to your family for supporting you! I remember countless times I had my husband delivering water, or my kids biking with me for part of my long runs. It created valuable time with them that I cherish to this day.

I just got back from the Inaugural Portland 1/2 marathon. Every race I run has served as a reminder of the human spirit. Just look around at the faces and bodies of runners and you will see it! But be warned……the feeling of accomplishment can get you to say “yes” to more than one marathon! I have now completed three full and three half.

Congrats again……for crossing the finish line, but more important….for the courage to begin the journey itself!
Run on friend!
Jen
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Lance October 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Jen,
Fellow runner!! Very cool – three of each!! I also did my first half marathon this year – in early September (it was a great training run, too, for the full!).

This whole journey toward the marathon has been such an amazing experience – and a test of “me” in so many more ways than just the physical. And in completing this – I truly believe that nothing is impossible.

So awesome that your kids and husband supported you in all of your running – I know firsthand what a gift that is!

And congratulations on your most recent 1/2!

Thank you so much, Jen – for your support and enthusiasm!!

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monica @ aboldpace November 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

Such a well-written inspirational post. Congratulations on your achievement and hope you continue to find the joy in running! Thanks for sharing.

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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:21 am

Monica,
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response!! Completing the marathon was truly an inspirational moment for me.

It’s great to “meet” you, and I look forward to learning more about you!

Here’s to running, and for living our lives from a place of deeper meaning!

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Larry January 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Lance,

That was an incredible post. Very inspiring. I have often thought about working toward a marathon. I’ve read several training plans and I completed P90X and Beachbody Insanity to get into shape. I did a 150 MS bike ride last year. Is the marathon just around the corner? I wasn’t sure but I’m getting closer to making the commitment…thanks to you.

Larry
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