Monday, May 21, 2007


With the most recent road race completed and leaving me with two toenails hanging on for dear life, a blister on the bottom of my foot, and two nipples that make the shirt up against them feel like a cheese grater, one would have to question why it is we do this to ourselves. Luckily, the answer became quite clear during the event.

The Bluenose 10-K was an out and back course that brought participants across the MacDonald Bridge into Dartmouth and then across again back to Halifax. The neat thing about out and backs is that slower runners meet face-to-face with faster runners who have already turned around to complete the "back" portion of the race.

After completing the Dartmouth segment, I turned and headed down the hill to the bridge to take me back to the finishing side of the course. As I reached the bottom, I came face-to-face with the answer to why I do this. Coming up the hill with only one leg, two crutches, and a smile as wide as Halifax Harbour, was a 10-K racer. The look of determination on his face as he pounded his crutches into the pavement is something I will not soon forget. Joseph finished the event in a little over two hours, proving again, that the human spirit can bend, but can never be broken.

And that is why we do this to ourselves.

1 comment:

terry said...

Congradulations Mark and Gloria. It must have been great to be a part of such a race. I watched it on the news and was looking for you. They said that 7000 people were involved. I can't wait to hear about the race.