TiAT- My 2013 PDX Marathon
My 2013 PDX Marathon didn’t end how I expected because of a stranger. This one person changed everything. There was no going back.
After 26.2 miles, I was exhausted. The experience was priceless, but not because of my efforts. Crossing the finish line started the beginning of my new life. But that’s a different blog (smile).
During this race, I was in immense pain. I developed a shin splint in training thinking it was a cramp. At the halfway mark, the injury turned from a nag to thrusting stab. This was the most grueling pain I’ve ever felt.
I wanted to cry. Along the way, people continued to walk with me. One after the other giving me encouragement along the way, but I felt as if the vultures were flying above my head. This wasn’t what I envisioned.
Until there was one. One who sacrificed their time for my glory. Even with my initial hesitation and continued efforts of discouragement, Amy never gave up on me. Amy Lynes was my angel then, and still as of today. Without her help, I wouldn’t have a finisher’s medal, shirt or experience of this great accomplishment.
Her selfless act sacrificed a personal record. Never once did she complain. She smiled and laughed with me the whole way through. Even her family joined the party in the last few miles and were nothing but encouraging. They were a class act. I couldn’t believe strangers were coming to my aid.
Amy is still my hero today. A nurse by vocation, but a helper within her heart. Without her help, my story would be humbling and depressing mess of a failed marathon. And I would be visually upset.
I never would have had my buddy Arron waiting for me at the finish line. No shirt. No medal. No pictures. No self respect. Yes, I would have been hard on myself.
Thank you Amy. Your gift of helping continues to bless me. It’s truly the gift that keeps giving.
Next time you see someone in need, give them a hand. I promise it’ll come back to you. The gift you’ll give will be priceless. I may have not finished how I wanted, but I finished thanks to a kind stranger.
Amy, may God bless you how you’ve blessed 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
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