I like to run for my own fitness; I thoroughly enjoy being outside, believing that I am doing something good, but most of all, I like the sense of achievement.
As we reflect on this weekend’s amazing marathon runners, it is clear that running a marathon is one of the most challenging and rewarding events that any of us will experience.
Our body has natural limitations on the distance we can run easily. Twenty miles is about the furthest we can go comfortably, even if we are well trained, before we begin to run out of fuel and our muscles begin to hurt. The marathon distance is exquisitely set to take us beyond our comfort zone, into a realm in which we confront the limitations of our bodies and our minds. We complete the marathon distance only by preparation and mental discipline. There are no short cuts, no easy ways out. The marathon takes us up to, and beyond, the limit of human endurance, into an unknown zone where we confront ourselves, and discover our inner strengths and limits.
There are plenty of good reasons for training for and running a marathon. The training may help us to lose weight and increase our fitness. Running will bring us more self-confidence and energy. Achieving such a demanding goal will earn us self-respect, and the esteem of others.
One of the excitements and pleasures of the marathon is that they all take part in the same race, with the same sense of occasion. They all know that, in different ways, they are facing up to their own challenge. But, one thing for sure, is that they are’ in it together’. I believe that this is true of our work at Invicta – we work collectively in that same race. It is tough at times, but it is equally hugely rewarding and fun; particularly when you work together to get across that finishing line. I know that at the moment, our staff, students and parents are working towards that goal of either internal or external exams. There are no short cuts, but one thing for sure is that we will challenge ourselves and support one another.