Another Kind of Marathon

For years I’ve been envious of people who run marathons. Envious and a bit incredulous as well. I mean, the kind of normal coworker, neighbor sort of folks who have regular lives and then decide every once in a while, “I think I’ll run 26 miles just for the thrill of it!” What? Really? I just can’t seem to imagine that.

A few years ago my daughters and I were in Manhattan, staying at my brother Dan’s apartment on Central Park West, right at the finish line of the New York City Marathon. I stood in awe, watching people older than me, and in less than great physical shape, cross the finish line, grinning or grimacing, wrapping their shivering bodies in metallic blankets, one after the other for hours.

All of them had decided at one point that they could do it, should do it, and they did!

Bob has always said that I could do it too if I really wanted to. All it takes is discipline and determination, two things I have in abundance. Nice thought, but it’s just not true. I could not do it no matter how much I willed myself to. I don’t believe I have the right stuff. I’m not up to the challenge.

But lately I have been thinking about a different kind of marathon, one I’ve been training for nearly a lifetime. I’m at mile 25, the finish line so close I can see it from here. I’ve been running an academic marathon, sprinting towards a dissertation defense for the past three years, and next Friday, I will be victorious!

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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