I know what it’s like to train, to dig deep, to push yourself harder than you’ve ever pushed before. I’ve served in Iraq. I’ve come back from devastating injuries. I’ve run for office.
I’ve also competed in marathons. I finished the Chicago Marathon in 2:26. It’s hard work across the board. You change your diet, your exercise routine, your whole life.
And if you’re running for Team Operation Homefront in the Marine Corps Marathon, you’re doing it with purpose and for a great cause. This year, you’re running with Kimberly Ruiz to honor the memory of her husband.
You’re raising money to help military families in need. You’re raising money to raise awareness of the challenges those families face in service to our country. You’re running to set an example.
With every step forward – both literally and figuratively – you’re part of something bigger. I encourage you to stay strong and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be better for it.