Intern’s View: My Dad Finished The Rock n’Roll Marathon!
by Josh Hart
Imagine every bone in your body from the waist down aching. You’re sitting on the couch and you can hardly get up. Once you do get up, you can barely move around. Everything just feels sore.
The day before you had just competed in Seattle’s Inaugural Rock and Roll Marathon. You remember running across that finish line in pain, but triumph. You had done it. You set out to do something and you did it. You almost gave up on mile 24, you started feeling the burn on mile 17, but you had pushed through and accomplished something. You had even finished in 4 hours and 49 minutes. 11 minutes faster than your goal.
Just remember back on mile 13 when you were still fresh and you had seen your family and you were still running strong. Just remember back to when the race started and you could hardly even jog, because there were so many people. That wasnâ€™t even the start. Remember back to when you were training and you ran from Kent to Orting. That felt like an accomplishment too, but it wasnâ€™t like what you were feeling now. Remember that night that you had said, â€œIâ€™m going to run a marathon.â€ We thought you were crazy, but you printed out a training schedule and you put your mind too it and look where you are right now. Crossing that finish line. You want to fall to your knees, because of the ache.
You find your family waiting at the other side of the finish line. They are so proud. This wasnâ€™t just about the accomplishment of a marathon. It was much more than that. It was the will power that you had to put your mind to something and 16 weeks later accomplish it. You give people the awareness that they really can do whatever they put their mind too. It would have been impossible 16 weeks prior for you to run that marathon, but you trained in the beating down sun, you trained in the rain, the cold, and the heat. You also trained on the beach, in the woods, at the track, in the valley. You never gave up. You gave inspiration to many people out there. Even though you didnâ€™t finish with the best time, you still did it. You accomplished something very few people accomplish.
This is the story of my dad, Nathan Hart, competing in the Rock and Roll Marathon, which went from Tukwila to Seattle on June 27th.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Josh Hart is the B-Town Blog’s first Intern! He’s a 15-year old student at Highline’s â€œBig Picture High Schoolâ€ in SeaTac who loves to write and play soccer.
You can read more of his writing here…]