Monday, April 19, 2010

Running For Cows in Boston

Today the Boston Marathon was won by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot. He set a new course record, earning him an additional $25,000 on top of the $150,000 he received for winning the race. He owns a farm back in his native Kenya, and said "he was going to buy some cows" with his earnings.

I find his story intriguing on many levels. First of all, he ran the Boston Marathon in the same time it takes me to complete a 5K. The fact that he ran it in record time is amazing.

But the most interesting thing is his decision on what to do with his winnings. Or maybe it's not. Maybe buying cows is the same as buying a car or a house here. Or maybe he's looking to his family's future and investing as we might invest in the stock market. While it may seem odd to me, it makes perfect sense to him.

Maybe that's the lesson to be learned today. Every day we're running for our own "cow." It's different for each one of us, and probably doesn't make sense to someone else. But it's what keeps us doing what we need to do.
Things that make today great: BSC with Lindley and MB; chicken noodle casserole for dinner; chat with Matt and Mary Beth

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