Today marks 30 Days till Race Day for the NYC Marathon. This will be my 13th marathon and my brother’s first. We will run together — and on November 3rd, we’ll be a marathoning family.
I asked my brother to write a bit about his experience as we came up to this point, and he agreed. While I know I’m known as the more…verbose…of the two of us, there’s no one better-placed to talk about this experience than Matthew himself.
Without further ado…a guest post by my brother Matt:
Why did I decide to run the marathon? I thought this would be easy to write. The catalyst I guess was when I finished my first half marathon and felt as if I could go another 13 miles. The feeling I experienced when I finished was like nothing I had ever felt. That’s saying a lot when it comes to my life!
As for me, I spent a significant portion of my young adult life doing drugs and living in Los Angeles County jail. I never thought I would ever return from that miserable experience. I say that until my sister introduced me to the love of running. I can just throw my ear buds in and run. I rock out to my favorite tunes as I let my mind chill. I figure that’s the reason why I’m running the marathon and writing this essay.
I was and never have been one to do something on this level. Words can’t explain how I feel to be a part of this experience. As I sit back and take inventory of my life, I realize I have a lot to take in. This marathon will be a gigantic step toward that.
About my brother Matthew:
Matt is a media professional who has worked in all areas of the radio business, but most recently, in editing and managing aspects of audio and digital content. He’s for-hire, so get him while he’s hot. This will be his first marathon; a major step forward in his life; our lives; the life of our family.
Each day that I hear about his training, or talk with him about how this process has gone, I am so impressed, so blessed, so humbled by his perseverance and by his willingness to take the road less travelled through recovery.
My brother; my hero.