In a little over three days I’ll be running 42.2km in what will be the second marathon I’ve ever run. The quote I would like to share with you comes from the poem “If“, by Rudyard Kipling. Though one of my favourite poems, I hadn’t read it in ages, and truth be told had forgotten all about it, until I came across it again while going through some journal articles I’d written (would you believe it, in 2005):
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”
In my journal, appearing beside the above-mentioned quote, were the following words:
This pushed me on at the 17th km of the [Army Half Marathon], allowing me to clock a time considerably better than that should I have had given up.
Still gives me goosebumps just reading it.
There’s no doubt I shall be carrying Rudyard Kipling’s If with me this Sunday.
PS: Help me support my adopted charity World Vision this marathon by viewing my fundraising page here. Please donate a little, ya? If not for me, for the children! :)