TWC’s Marathon Matt

Marathon Matt Succeeds in First Marathon

Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with  Matt Rands to get an idea of what it is like to run a marathon in recovery. Matt entered the BMO Vancouver marathon where over 5000 people took to the streets. Not only did he complete it but he finished in 4 hours 31 minutes and 53 seconds.  Only 1 minute and 53 seconds off his set goal of 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Running a marathon takes great endurance and dedication.  When I asked Matt how long he had been training for this marathon prior to running it I was a little shocked and very impressed. Though he has been running for a long time he had only really trained for this particular run for three months.

I asked Matt what his reason was for wanting to run a marathon and his response was comical. He said, “Six years ago I ran my first half-marathon and talked to this chick who ran the whole 42 km.  It sounded so ridiculously absurd that I wanted to try it!”  Finally 6 years later Matt is able to say that he has completed his goal of running a full marathon.  Although dealing with the aftermath of some sore muscles, Matt is proud of his accomplishment as are all of us here at Together We Can!

One of the key points that Matt wanted me to be aware of is the whole idea of setting goals for ourselves and following through with them.  Even though it can be difficult at times, it is important to persevere and push forward to achieve the goals we set.  I couldn’t agree with Matt any more on this as for myself I had always had a problem following through with any goals I may have set for myself while in active addiction.  This marathon for Matt is a testament to changes he has made in his life.

When I asked Matt what his plans for the future were the comical side of Marathon Matt came out.  “Oh you know, go to school for psychology, maybe sports therapy and kinesiology.”  In regards to running another marathon he is not thinking about that at this point, but may set a new goal of completing a triathlon sometime in the future.  Once again congratulations Marathon Matt, we are all so proud of you here at Together We Can and are very fortunate to have you a part of our family.

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