Leave it to me to forget the anniversary marking five years as a dedicated runner–June 1, 2017. If you know me or have read some of my backstory on this blog, you’ll know that this whole thing started back in June 2012 when I challenged myself to 30 days of running. I never could run more than 2 or 3 days in a week without injuring myself prior to this challenge. Short version is that I researched run streakers and websites about getting into running regularly. I needed to run slow as possible (lose the ego) and keep the distance low. I’m good at following a plan and after a month, I was hooked.
Over the past five years, I have had incredible experiences, highs, lows, and have learned a lot about myself and abilities–not just on an athletic level. I have met plenty of incredibly nice and wonderful people. From running 5-10km at a time to finishing 8th at the Keys 100 miler in 2015, it seems as if I have packed a lifetime of experience on the roads and trails in just five years.
It has not been easy and I think there has been at least four separate times where my training has gotten off kilter or out of focus but I never quit. Today I am with a renewed focus and know that I will continue to put one foot in front of the other for as long as my body permits. I am a better person because of running. It grounds me, makes me happier, gives me a stronger sense of confidence while providing me the ability to roll with the ups and downs in life. It is cliché but one truly experiences life in a day when running ultra distances.
Finally, I am grateful that my wife and daughters support me and my crazy passion for a sport that such a small percentage of the world participates. Next on the horizon: an even stronger five years to come.