UD wellness: marathons

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Luke Hollomon
Staff Writer

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, is a day that a few members of the University of Dallas community will never forget.  This is not because anything traumatic or particularly memorable happened for anyone but themselves.  Dec. 4 is the day that a select few of us ran in our first marathon.

The MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon took place this Sunday, Dec. 4, beginning in Fair Park in South Dallas. Of the 6,000 runners in the full marathon, a minimum of two UD students participated, and of the 9,000 runners in the half-marathon, at least three UD students participated.

At least five UD students crossed the start line at 8 a.m. to run either 13.1 or 26.2 miles in the 40 degree, rainy weather.  Hours later, they struggled across the finish line, exhausted but triumphant.

It was a one-day event, but it certainly was not a one day commitment for these athletes.  They began training either this summer or in the early fall, committing hours each week to participate in the sport they love: running.  However, not only runners make this commitment. UD is full of “hidden athletes” in all sports.

This campus has tri-athletes, boxers, wrestlers, yogis (those who do yoga), cyclists, figure skaters and many more.  These “hidden athletes” are everywhere, scattered throughout the campus and classes.  They all have found the sport they love and are finding ways to continue to participate in college.

Many of these athletes could play NCAA sports, but choose not to due to time constraints.  Others want to play different sports that are not offered on campus and so find them elsewhere.  Either way, these athletes commit time to their craft, time that is not recognized by the university or student body.

On Sunday, I was one of the runners in the White Rock Marathon.  I completed the cold, wet run in 4:20:27, five minutes slower than my goal.  It was the most satisfied that I have ever been to miss a goal.

My journey began in June, when I started training to complete my first marathon.  I had never run farther than seven miles in my life, but I just decided that I wanted to do it.  Nearly every morning during the summer, I awoke at 4:30 a.m. and hit the road at five so that I could get back for class at 9 a.m.  Once the school year hit, tendonitis did as well, but I got through that and the world’s largest blister to prepare for the start on Sunday. In total, I covered 415 miles to prepare for the marathon, and I loved every step.

26.2 miles after 8 a.m. on Sunday, I crossed the finish line, exhausted and joyful.  There is no better thing than a marathon to prove that you can do anything with hard work and faith.

Wellness tip of the week:

As the semester closes and the end of the year approaches, New Year’s resolutions come into many of our minds.  For the next year, I implore you to find the sport or activity that you love and put all you have into it; whatever that activity may be, whether or not it is on campus.  Find what you love and put your heart and soul into it, then you will experience one of the truest types of happiness.

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