As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all , or follow along on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest and Instagram .
It doesn’t matter where or when you cross the finish line– you all are going the distance. So, when you’re sitting in your bath of Epsom Salt and squeezing every last ounce of Biofreeze onto your weary muscles post-race, take in some of the marathon and 1/2 marathon-inspired quotes below.
“The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in your legs within days, but the glory of your finish will last forever.” – Unknown
“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.” John “The Penguin” Bingham
“Life is for participating, not for spectating.” – Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” – Frank Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” – Julie Isphording, Columbus Marathon winner
“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons
“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.” Lynn Jennings, Olympic Bronze Medalist
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine
“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.” – Rob de Castella, winner 1983 world marathon championships
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Haruki Murakami, author
Also remember that by participating in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon or 1/2 Marathon, you made a difference in the lives of children who get care from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, regardless of their ability to pay. We are honored and humbled that you chose to participate in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon. We look forward to seeing you next year on Sunday, October 16, 2016!