My story is a very common one–that of a former high school athlete who started his career and by age 31 found himself out of shape to the point of being obese. Through a span of five years, I slowly modified my diet, exercise, and way of life to lose much of the weight I had gained in my 20s.
In June of 2012, I challenged myself to run 30 straight days–no matter how slow. I ran at least 30 minutes or 5 kilometers. Though difficult and challenging, I stuck with it and soon found myself with a six week running streak. Over the course of the next few months, I started running farther than I had ever run in my life. By August 2012, I ran my first marathon distance–though not an actual race. I ran from Luxembourg City to Echternach. When I completed the distance, something inside of me felt as if I could have run farther. This is how I soon discovered the world of ultrarunning.
I devoured as many books and blogs as I could related to ultrarunning. In January 2012, I ran my first ultramarathon distance of 50km. Over the next two plus years, I trained more and more while knocking off farther distances. I ran across the country of Luxembourg from east to west–a span of 63 km or 39 miles. My challenge was to run 39 miles before my 39th birthday. In May of 2014 I successfully completed the run and set my sights on 50 miles. When I saw that 50 miles was only 20 kilometers short of 100 kilometers, I bypassed the 50 miles and went for the 100 kilometers. In July of 2014, I ran the 100 km.
Finally in May of 2015, I finished the final hurdle of my path to being an ultrarunner, I entered my first race of my life and completed the Keys 100.
This blog is a journal of my journey through running and personal challenges.