A few weeks ago a North Dakota plumber lined up to run in his first half-marathon. But Mike Kohler was sleepy. He wasn’t used to getting up so early. And he was wearing headphones. That may explain why he took off 15 minutes before he was supposed to do so—putting him with the runners who were competing in the full marathon. Soon he started seeing signs that indicated he was on the wrong route, but he shrugged off those warnings. Mike assumed the two paths overlapped part of the way.
Eventually, he realized his mistake—but kept going. At the 13 mile mark he seriously thought about quitting. He had run as far as he had planned to run and even beat his time goal. He had nothing more to prove.
Instead, he finished the marathon.
“I’m just going to go for it, because why not?” Mike later told the Grand Forks Herald. “I’m already here, I’m already running, I’m already tired. Might as well try to finish it. He added, ”This just kind of proves you can do a lot more than what you think you can sometimes.”