JP Williams

Performing Songwriter | Keynote Speaker

Workshop Leader | Accessible Technology Advocate

—Based in Nashville TN—

Lessons from Running a Marathon

In the summer of 2016, I was asked by a volunteer from Achilles international Nashville if I would like to train for the New York City Marathon. Like most people, I had never run a full marathon before. After all, it's 26.2 miles. That is something I never imagined I would ever do. Up to that point, I had run a few half marathons with my sighted guide, Frank Downey. He, along with myself, John Lavey and Joe Shaw started the training regimen. With every step, I felt like walls came down. Joe and I started out being the blind guys. Frank and John were the sighted guides. Along the way, we ended up just being four guys going for a run. By the time we crossed the finish line in New York City, I learned a few things. 1: human beings are more important than the ultimate goal, 2: admitting I sometimes need assistance from others is not a sign of weakness but a sign of humility, and 3: life can be painful, but the pain is needed in order to grow.

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