Around the corner, the Europahalle comes into view, I see the
cheering people, I stood up straight..the Finish line. I raised
my arms in silent victory. I did it, somehow I managed to run over
the finish line. I even remembered to smile, or it felt like a smile...
The Baden Marathon was not my first marathon, but my fastest to date. I was just as proud
and happy as if it was my first. I hung in there even when my legs
wanted to give up. Some people gave up on this day, perhaps due
to injury, inadequate training, or a variety of other reasons. If
it was easy everyone would do it! But many, many finished their first
marathon on this day and I just want to say congratulations, you're
a marathoner now. Enjoy the day, savor it, be proud at what you
achieved, and don't ever forget today!