Grateful David MarathoningMy husband David got the running bug.  It started few years ago as a debt of gratitude to Children’s Hospital of Boston, an institution that has given our family so much. David and I have been together for more than 20 years, so I knew that he wasn’t a couch potato, but I never knew that he was capable of distance running.  His first marathon was a challenging and rewarding experience in NYC. He has completed a few marathons and many 13K races since then. More recently, he completed the Chicago marathon in less than 4 hours, his best time ever! On November 1st we will be back in NYC for the third time to test his road runner skills.

At 50, David is in the best shape of his life. He owns all kinds of running gear, sleek shoes, comfy clothing, and gadgets to measure his performance from different angles – a man thing. He is also part of a supportive running team.  But all this isn’t what keeps him hooked on running; making us part of the race is what makes it real for him. More than just miles, long distance running is willpower, energy, and heart. More than just watching a straight race, our role is to bear witness to the hope and the gratitude that comes from seeing his effort to the end.

Gratitude has given a purpose to David’s running, but also pleasure for winning in a way. He feels the same emotion, deGratitude in runningvotion for the distance, and appreciation for his fellow runners as the winner who breaks the tape.