Chilean miner Edison Peña, who ran constantly when he was trapped in the San José mine, ran the New York marathon today.
In the mine he ran at least 10 kilometers a day, taking between 10 and 12 laps underground, with heavy rubber boots with steel tips. Peña said: “I ran inside the mine … I wanted to give a message to everybody”.
Peña was invited by the organizers of the marathon to be an honored guest, but he asked to participate instead.
It reminds me of something Viktor Frankl said:
"Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing to recognize.
Once hopeless, my life is now hope-full, but it did not happen overnight.
The last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one's own way."
~ Victor Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"