Over the weekend I ran my first marathon in just over four hours, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. With that said, I still can't imagine what Chicago Marathon finisher 38-year-old Maickel Melamed must be feeling right now. Why's that? Well, Malemed was the last person to finish at 1:30 a.m. with a time of 16 hours and 46 minutes and a crowd around him cheering his name. He also has muscular dystrophy.
Wow. A full 26.2 miles of pure determination. But just wait until you hear what Melamed had to say after he crossed the finish line. To say this man is inspirational is an understatement.
Melamed spoke to local news outlets after the race and said:
If you dream it, make it happen because your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. So make the best of it.
Wow. Just wow. Whether or not you're a runner, there's no doubting you can find inspiration in Melamed's story. He's a fit inspiration to get off the couch of course, but he's a life inspiration, too. This is someone who never let the odds against him get him down; an individual who believed that if he wanted to do something -- he could.
Watch Melamed cross the finish line, here:
Is this amazing or what?