As I’ve told on my yesterday’s post, I am currently nursing a swollen ankle sprained from my run at the 23rd Yakult 10 Miler event. I am supposed to draft my “post race piece” for this event after checking my twitter, but I came across this video, posted by RUNNR Store with this message “Hi RUNNRs! Here's something to touch your hearts this Holy Week! Have a blessed Holy Week everyone! :)”.
I decided to share it here for you all to see instead of just re-tweeting it. This video touched me deeply, I hope this will inspire you all somehow.
Derek Redmond at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
Acknowledgement to “necessity4failure” for uploading this video to YouTube and to RUNNER Store for the tweet.
Call me dramatic, but this video really made me cry. I’m not sure if it’s the song, or seeing the emotional and physical pain in Redmond’s face, or the father’s breaking in security to comfort his son and support him through the remainder of the race, or the totality of the video.
I’m not saying either that I am in any near to Redmond quality or personality. I am a nobody in the running community, just one fun slow runner. But I have a personal goal that I am seriously aiming. There is so much frustration and pain when you are seriously trying to reach that goal yet something beyond your control happened. It is one tough trying time that in spite of the odds and pain, you want to continue and finish. To go against the odds, to ignore the physical pain.
“Things don’t always work out the way you’d like”
“You don’t have to do this” and yourself says “Yes I do”
“When You don’t give up, you can not fail”
The song is “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and the father’s shirt says “Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?”