Yesterday a human ran a marathon in two hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds at Boston Marathon. Insanity! Chris had raced Boston many times, so we know its energy. In the finishing stretch, the excitement boils up from your belly to the top of your neck as your hair stands up watching the lead runners come in. It’s an inspiration that stays with you. The marathon is an amazing event because wether you are a record winner or a 5 hour finisher, the accomplishment is undeniable. There is no way of faking the distance and pretending the great effort. Each runner has a story behind every mile. For some you can almost see wings on their feet carrying them along. Never being the fluid runner, my miles have always been an uphill battle even as I run downhill. My running buddy once told me that I resemble a boxer in the way I loaf as I run. No world records here, but despite that, I run because it feels good to the core when it’s all said an done. Sometimes, you can even run the red carpet as Chris ran along Lance Armstrong at New York marathon a couple of years back. He thought to himself...”I’m beating Lance Armstrong” as he covered 26 miles with a huge grin on his face. I have seen runners that take a detours into McDonalds to order a Big Mac, wear disco costumes, run dressed as a hot dog, run shoeless, run with one leg, run for causes, run their 100th marathon. But one thing is clear throughout, they all run with heart. Now that I run with kids everyday, I see how it can transform even the smallest little bodies into powerhouses of kinetic energy. Smiles abound as they realize their potential. I may be running gimpy over the past two years, but I’m inspired. Inspired by the the new world record and inspired by a circle of friends that forge their own path of victory and accomplishment. Congrats to all of you. You got me to put my sneakers on and that is today’s miracle.