(And sometimes the levees holding in all the sarcasm and wisecracking just burst.)
Take, for instance, last December, when we asked photo editor Danny Fulgencio to shoot the Dallas Marathon, an assignment wrought with challenge.
He took it in stride, effectively channeled any simmering frustrations, and didn’t let a little thing like icy streets, downed power lines or frigid temps — or even an official cancellation of the entire shebang, for that matter — keep him from carrying out his task.
Our shutterbug’s Dallas Marathon 2013 The Marathon that Wasn’t photo essay (below) can be considered a metaphor for the marathon itself.
If you marathoners treat the big race the way Danny Fulgencio treated this assignment, you can survive and thrive. Like this: hold with all your might onto your never-say-die attitude, even if others give you permission to quit with impunity; never take yourself too seriously — laugh in the face of frozen fingers and fatigue; dig deep inside your soul to unearth creative solutions to seemingly impossible obstacles, enjoy the scenery, don’t fall, finish what you started.
(Photos are from the actual 2013 planned course, but the 2014 course is different and disappointingly does not include the Oak Cliff or South Dallas portions or the bridge. All the following words and photos are by Danny Fulgencio.)