Only 0.5% of the population has run a marathon. Hours on your legs, to cover 26.2 miles. Seem impossible? Well, imagine running 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 cities. Up for another challenge? Now, imagine doing all of that with no legs.
That is the exact challenge Rob Jones set for himself.
Why would he do this? Besides for accomplishment sake, Jones wants to raise awareness and money for veterans.
According to ABC News:
Jones has almost reached his goal, and Friday will be the double amputee’s 30th marathon in 30 days. Jones lost both his legs while on a mission in Afghanistan back in 2010.
After an honorable discharge, Jones decided to use his situation to raise awareness and funding for services for wounded warriors across the country,
“Instead of seeing it as a tragedy or a hardship in your past blocking you, it’ll be better of your if you somehow flip that around and see it as a challenging for you to overcome and in doing so become stronger than you were before.”
His run today started at 7:00 a.m. at Camden Yards. Jones has support from local police and many businesses who will be running with him and cheering him on.
He will run his 31st, and final, marathon Saturday in D.C.
For the average American, it takes four hours and twenty minutes to run a marathon. Assuming his prosthetic legs make him slower, we will round up to five hours.
That means that Jones will have spent 155 hours runnings in the last 31 days.
Motivational, inspiring, and philanthropic. But that is the marathon.
Those miles create a particular type of grit, perseverance, endurance in a runner. The emotion is palpable.
Every person in the race has spent countless hours on the road, sacrificed Saturday morning sleep ins for long runs at sunrise, pushed away dessert for kale, and fought the demons in their head that keep asking “WHY are you doing this”?
For anyone who needs a little inspiration in their life, go watch a marathon. You’ll see what once seemed unbelievable come to life.
Those who have overcome physical injury are that much more miraculous.
There are many other examples. Take, for example, British and American war vets Ivan Castro and Karl Hines.
They ran the Boston Marathon this year. That race pushed their cumulative list of marathons to 200:
Though they didn’t know each other during their tours in Iraq, both runners were injured in bombings and turned to running as a recovery tool. Hinett was left with burns over 37 percent of his body. Castro was blinded in both eyes. Despite their health hurdles, both men said marathon running has brought them a new mission and new friendship.
“Our countries have a great partnership,” Castro said. “As soldiers in the U.K. and U.S., we train, we fight, we bleed, we recover, we heal together so come Monday we are going to run this side by side. We’re going to start and cross the finish line together.”
What are some of the most inspiring and motivating stories you have heard recently?