What does going beyond mean to you? Does it mean going beyond to help others? To challenge yourself? To travel a great distance? To visit a new place to take in a different culture? It can mean anyone of these things.
To me, going beyond means something more general. It means stepping outside your comfort zone, to have a new life experience that benefits both yourself and hopefully another person as well. Distance doesn't mean a thing. It can be down the street or across the globe.
One of the driving factors in my decision to attempt 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, as part of the World Marathon Challenge, was to learn about myself and what I can handle both physically and mentally. While the challenge is definitely physical, it is also a challenge that will require mental strength to fight through the pain and push forward.
As part of the challenge, I also hope that I can make an impact in raising funds for cancer research. While cancer has taken two of my grandparents, I have watched other family and friends successfully battle the disease due to the gains made in medical research. It is from all of these individuals and their families that I will draw strength, as I encounter breaking points over the course of the challenge. I will draw upon their will and determination to keep pushing forward, one step at a time. As Jimmy V said in 1993, "Don't give up... Don't ever give up!"
In addition to learning about myself, I also plan to take in a great deal of knowledge from my fellow participants. Thus far, in my few brief meetings with them, I've discovered they are amazing people. One participant, Ted Jackson, is raising money to overcome MS. Another, Doug Wilson, has overcome a non-cancerous brain tumor less than 18 short months ago. Marianna Zaikova will prove her doubters wrong and become the first female to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
As I prepare to leave for Antarctica to take on the World Marathon Challenge, I challenge each of you to learn about yourself and others this year by making an effort to go beyond...
I am writing this blog to chronicle my trials and tribulations as I try to complete the World Marathon Challenge and my 10 year goal of running/ walking around the world. I will also use it to chronicle my past and future adventures around the world!