My brother and I walked the Indianapolis Mini Marathon today. Our final time 3:H, 30 M 37 Sec will not set any world records, but just slightly slower than I had hoped for, so I am content with the time.

As we walked through Indy, with 40,000 of our closest friends, there was time to learn a few things worth sharing here. ( Most of this wisdom was found on the backs of other runners and walkers.)

  1. Finishing in last place is better than not finishing, which is significantly better than not starting – This applies to so many parts of our life. All too often, I run across business owners who are holding back, waiting for some imaginary starting gun instead of jumping into the race.
  2. The miracle is not that I have finished, but that I had the courage to start! – This was on the back of a runner with one leg bandaged. Clearly he was overcoming challenges to be there, but he was there. Can you put your challenges aside?
  3. 13.1 Miles? I thought it was 1.3! – The lesson here is that sometimes it is best not to know how really long something will take. Had I known how long it would take to get my business off the ground, I am not sure I would have started.
  4. Other people can do it with bigger burdens then you – This was not on a T-shirt, but the thought popped into my head as I looked over and saw representatives of the Wayne Township Fire Department walking in FULL GEAR. ( And as a side note, I can rest easier knowing they can do that, just in case I ever need them!) I was especially impressed when Fireman Kyle stopped to pose for a photo at mile 12, and then jogged off toward the finish line. Watching him, I wasn’t as tired anymore.
If you have never walked the mini, now is a great time to start training for next. And if you were out there with me today – congratulations, whatever your finish time. Now go have a hot shower, a nap, an Advil, and maybe a cold beer!