Have you just run 26.2 miles, finished a long-term project, or met a personal goal? This week, show us an achievement.
I’ve achieved a lot of personal goals in my lifetime. Running 26.2 miles through a windstorm hasn’t been one of them (and probably never will be!) but there are now 50,000 people who can claim it — they ran this year’s New York City Marathon in terrible weather conditions.
I headed out last Sunday hoping to catch a glimpse of a runner friend. I missed him at every viewing point I tried, and eventually found myself in upper Manhattan at the point where the course makes a final right turn, leaving the runners with a long straightway down Fifth Avenue to the finish line. Hauling myself as far as I could up nearby a fence for a better vantage point, I snapped a shot of this mass of people — who by this point, have run 23 miles or so — heading down the homestretch.
Most of them were exhausted but jubilant. Spectators lined the length of Fifth Avenue, calling out encouragement or offering water, snacks, and high-fives. Few of them — nor I — knew any of these runners personally, but that didn’t matter. These athletes had achieved something huge, something that took training, dedication, and a not insignificant amount of pain. The least we could offer in the face of their achievement were some kind words and bananas.
This week, show us a photo that says “achievement” to you: people meeting a long-worked-for goal. Something tangible you’ve created. A view from a journey you’ve completed, or the stating point of a journey not yet made or a project you hope to finish. We look forward to being inspired!