Chapter 5, Limits

“In a single individual it can happen in a millisecond. All it takes is a click in the mind, a falling of scales from eyes, a new way of seeing.”

– Donella Meadows

The end is near. The pain is great. I steal a glance at my wife and our two beautiful daughters, but the moment is too much. I fight back tears and watch my breath. I can’t afford to lose focus. Physically and emotionally, I’m devastated, but I’ve come too far to collapse with the end in sight. So, I put one foot in front of the other. I run past my limits and over the line. A 7:12 pace for 26.2 miles. I’ve met my goal.

People said it couldn’t be done. You’re too old. It’s your first marathon. Go slow. Just aim to finish. But I would not yield. My race began with ...

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