My Portland Marathon Experience

Back in 2013, I had the honor of running the Portland Marathon. Honestly, I ran half of it and hobbled the remainder. Halfway into the run, my right calf got tight as always but the pain wouldn’t subside. The pain felt like a cramp, but it went around to my shin. After a few miles and bystanders trying to help me, I was informed it was a shin splint.

This was my first time ever having an injury so painful during a sport I wanted to quit. My shin felt on fire. Good thing for me, I had a Heaven-sent Angel come to my rescue. Despite her own time and personal record, she stayed to the very last step.

Her selfless attitude gave me the victory I sought for 13 years. Receiving my finisher’s shirt and the medal was epic. I cried tears of joy. When I crossed that finish line, it took everything I had in me and I fell into my buddy’s embrace of celebration. As he said, “You did it” over and over as he handed me an all-natural juice to recover, I couldn’t have had a prouder moment of self-accomplishment.

My long awaited accomplishment started a catalyst within to run in the Boston Marathon. Since I finished in 8 hours and 44 minutes, I have to shave off 5 hours to have a chance to qualify. Therefore, I have my work cut out for me.

I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA



Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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