Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Marathon: A Journey in the Depth of Self (3)

Are few months enough to prepare for a race with such magnitude. Mostly no. I say mostly no because it depends on the person's general level of fitness, health, regular exercise and healthy eating. In best cases six months is a brief time to prepare for a marathon, and might lead to injury, even severe one.
When you use google search, like I did in the beginning to get an idea about marathons and how to prepare for them, you will end up with thousands of search results from article and books etc. Some books claim they will prepare you for a marathon in four months, others claim to prepare you for a record finish time! But reality is unlike what those books and websites claim.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Marathon: A Journey in the Depth of Self (2)

Getting to the finish line in a marathon is a big challenge, but the bigger challenge really is getting to the start line. Before you start you need to rise and get ready. Rising and getting ready are what matters and hence the big challenge. After that the start line becomes a beginning to an exciting journey that comes at the end of hard work.

Rising was 6 moths ago from the date of the marathon. In 6 months I will turn 40. I found myself faced with big changes and big challenges. I have to rise. That is the title of the next phase. Yes I will rise and get ready for what is to come.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Marathon: A Journey in the Depth of Self (1)

This is an article about my marathon journey. I ran the Frankfurt marathon on the 28th of October, 2012 (I wont tell the time here so read on!) which corresponds with my 40th birthday. I wrote the following thoughts and reflections on my experience. The article was originally published in Arabic by Al-Qabas newspaper of Kuwait on the 20th of December, 2012.  This is a translation of the article which I will post in my blog in 27 installments. Enjoy!

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," so the saying goes. The marathon is not a thousand miles. To be precise the marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards. Why the marathon? I feel I am at crossroads. I wanted to go through a different experience. A unique experience to accompany the changes that will occur as I bid farewell to an age and welcome another. It is my 40th birthday, and it's an important point that requires ample reflection and thought on what has passed and what is to come.