A Poem

Standing on the start line, everything fades away
Excitement has been building, just waiting for this day
Now you stand on trial, there’s nothing more to do
You did your best to get here, you know that much is true

Lost in your own thoughts, there’s one more challenge ahead
But this will be a tough one, you slowly fill with dread
You slaved for hours and hours, the road was certainly long
But have you done enough? The doubts, they haven’t gone

It’s been a tough few months, nothing has been easy
But now the time has come, the gun sounds, you feel queasy
There’s no time left to worry, please don’t fall apart
The strength you feel inside you, it comes straight from the heart

26.2 to conquer, the prospect seems so daunting
‘You can’t do this, can you?’ the voice inside is taunting
One foot in front of the other, you remember how it’s done
A little kid high-5’s you, oh yeah, it should be fun!

Soaking up the atmosphere, a smile creeps over your face
The crowds roar all around you, you’re in a happy place!
The cheers are getting louder, the miles are rolling by
It lifts you higher and higher, you feel like you could fly

It’s starting to get tough now, you’re not feeling quite as strong
Everything’s turning hazy, where did it all go wrong?
It was always going to test you, you knew that from the start
The strength that drives you forward, it comes straight from the heart

The crowds are going crazy, they scream as you run past
Your legs are feeling heavy, how much longer can they last?
The miles are getting slower, but the end is oh-so near
With the finish line in sight, you step it up a gear

Emotions they engulf you, from sheer relief to joy
You can’t believe you’ve done it!  Those doubts have been destroyed
Riding high and giddy, you feel nothing but elation
Huge medal round your neck, it’s time for celebration!

What a day of triumph, what a day of awe
You feel a little tired, your body aches and more
But pain will fade in time, from every single part
Pride, it lasts forever, because you ran straight from the heart

By Katherine French
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