#21.-Aletheia-Des Moines Marathon 2019
The Aletheia archetype has to do with truth. We usually recognize truth when we see it. A run can look like someone is “speaking their truth.” Just watch their face, their body language, the ease at which they move. We can tell our story, our truth in so many different ways. Kim Krans reminds us “by reclaiming your own truth…you reclaim your own vital energy, health and sense of belonging in the world.” When we see the truth in others, we are more likely to see our own and tell our own story. I find my truth in running. It accepts no BS. I try to see it for what it is. It’s hard. It takes effort, persistence, dedication each and every time I run. Our shadow side of Aletheia is our truth distorted and full of excuses. To honor the self is to claim your truth and live from that place.
#21. Des Moines Marathon-Des Moines, Iowa
Then on the last .2 of 26.2 I saw the blind runner and his guide that I had started the day with. I gave one last push of energy I didn’t even know I had to catch up to them to congratulate them. I felt like I was truly witnessing a superhero. They smiled and waved as I ran past and told them I had started the day with them and what an incredible job they had done That was enough to give me the final surge into the finish line. I raised my arms in the air as I crossed. I had done it! What an accomplishment.
I caught up with Susan, she had completed her challenge too. We put our medals on and took pictures. We both finished strong with smiles on our faces. I was happy to have a running buddy. I was back to work the next day and had some heart tests to see what might be causing the symptoms I had been getting. The results came back and it was likely my Raynaud’s condition may also be a cardiac vasospasm response in my chest. I got on an increased dose of my calcium channel blocker medication and got an “all clear” from my cardiologist to keep running. I know I won’t be able to do it forever, but I’m certainly going to do it as long as I can. Now that I found the Aletheia in me.