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April 12, 2011

Why Do People Do This? Part 2

April 12, 2011 | By | 11 Comments">11 Comments

Picking up from Why Do People Do This?, I was at the place where my body began to argue with my mind. The pain in my legs was telling me to quit, and my mind was screaming, “THERE’S NO WAY!!! WE’RE NOT QUITTING SO GET OVER IT!”

Which worked for a while. Until my body started really convincing my mind that the guy who owns them both is an idiot for putting them in this situation. In fact, my body didn’t see any reason to participate in the upcoming County Music Half Marathon. That’s when my mind really began to fight back. It began to tell my body that we weren’t giving up no matter what. I tried to run from time to time, but five steps into it I had to walk again, it just hurt that much.

That’s when something interesting began to happen. My body literally tried to stop right there on the road. I felt my body try to shut down without my minds approval. It was one of the weirdest feelings I have ever had. I was shocked that it could even happen. About six times between mile ten and eleven my body tried to just stop, but my mind wouldn’t let it. “GET GOING!!! WE DON’T GIVE UP!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!”

In mile twelve I prayed for a guy who was sitting on the tailgate of a truck with some paramedics around him. Shortly after, he ran passed me. Ugh! A few minutes later, the power walkers blew by me. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! At this point I had been walking for three miles with feeble attempts at running. But I only had a half mile left, and I convinced myself that I could run across that finish line. I tried to run, but couldn’t.

That’s when the gentleman in the picture above in the black shirt passed me. “THAT’S IT! RUN THROUGH THE PAIN!”  So I did. The first ten steps felt like four gang members were beating my legs with bats. But there was no way I was going to let that guy beat me, and there was no way I was walking across that finish line.

Within a few minutes I was side by side with the other gentleman. Now, it was no Chariots of Fire, but it felt like it. While it seemed like I blew by him, it probably took about a minute to actually make it happen. That’s when I saw the best thing on the planet…friends! At the last turn before the finish line I saw Marybeth & Joel Fortner, and Holly & Gordon Boutwell all cheering me on. That is when a blast of adrenalin ran through my body. For a few brief moments, the pain in my body backed off enough for me to get into a good stride. As I turned the corner the street was lined with people cheering and my name was coming over the loud-speaker!

Trying to describe the feeling as I crossed the finish line is a difficult thing to do. The victory of accomplishment was outstanding, but it was overpowered by the combat between mind and body! As sweet as it was to run the longest distance in my life, the greater sweetness was being able to push myself through something that everything in my body told me I couldn’t. Now that was amazing! It made me believe I can do the same with anything in my life.

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  • http://www.onehundredonebooks.wordpress.com Robert

    Congrats, Chris! I knew you had it in you. Now you know what’s it’s like and your mind and body will have time to prepare for the upcoming CMM.

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thank you brother! And thanks for the advice that helped me get through it!!!

  • Patty

    “AWESOME…. THAT’S MY SON!” That’s what I spoke out this morning after reading the cliffhanger. Amazing. I am soooo proud of you and what you have become. My heart swells this morning and I feel like I’m walking on a cloud. God leads you through the crowds, walking or running, to give strength and confidence to all who are tired and in doubt of what they can become.

    You show others to take the blinders off and widen their vision for the finish line. Great job!!!!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Awwww!!! Moms are the bestest!!! :-)

  • http://www.jsmithbuilders.com Kim

    Thanks for being real. I feel like we’re doing the marathon thing in our business & you gave great reminders as we ‘run through the pain’. Awesome accomplishment by the way!!!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Wow! Thanks. It is crazy how many times in business we only see what is right in front of us. When truthfully, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Great point!!

  • http://www.1footloose.com Clint

    Chris,

    These were great reads! Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of this journey. It was fascinating following you to see what was going to happen next. I didn’t know if you were going to fall over and pass out or start sprinting toward the end. Although I prefer shorter distances, I’ve done one 1/2 marathon before on my prosthetic and had a similar experience to yours. I have not done one since, but plan to do the Music City 1/2 Marathon as a Lamponian next year. You are right in that pushing yourself physically like this can help you push through in other areas of your life as well. Thanks again for sharing. Have a great week!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      Thanks man! I can’t imagine how much tougher it is for you! But I have no doubt that YOU can do it!!!

  • http://bridgesburning.wordpress.com bridgesburning

    Just reading gave me a great work out WHEW! Great job!

    • http://Chrislocurto.com Chris LoCurto

      HAHAHA…good to hear!