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Link to run route leg #1 Link to run route leg #2 Link to run route leg #3 Bike rider schedule to join me for the day is Terry Yoder.
The joy of running in community – we not me At our Keim company meeting in March, I said that in my opinion, the breakdown of community is at the core of many of our societal problems today. So many of our problems go back to the fact that many people do not have aContinue reading “Day Eight, Saturday September 12: Fredericksburg to Millersburg, 10 miles”
“What the mind conceives the body believes.” I ran across this quote in my late 20’s. I can’t remember the source but it has stuck with me. I have experienced this reality many times over the years in ultrarunning and in life in general. For example, when you cross the finish line at a 50-mileContinue reading “Day Seven, Friday September 11”
“The seeds of the opposite are planted in the present” or “whatever you are feeling at the moment the opposite is coming.” In ultra-running, guaranteed whatever you are feeling at the moment the opposite is on its way. I have experienced this reality many times. It goes both ways. You can get into an aidContinue reading “Day Six, Thursday September 10”
“More hardships await in case of success.” Bill Plotkin I really like the Plotkin quote. For some reason, we look at other people’s success and think that now that they have “arrived” they no longer face hardships. When in fact the reality is that often success and hardship go hand-in-hand. I am struck by howContinue reading “Day Five, Wednesday September 9:”
Practice fields for life In leadership theory over the years, there has been two broad schools of thought on how leadership is developed. There is the “great man” theory, and in its time, it was meant as “man,” that suggested that there may be a leadership gene — that some people are just naturally giftedContinue reading “Day Three, Monday September 7: Glenmont to Mount Vernon”
Link to Friday’s run here
“I am here now and I am okay.” “Although we all use the phrase ‘peace of mind,’ there is really no such thing. When you are in your mind, you are never truly at peace, and when you are truly at peace, you are never in your mind.” Richard Rohr “Do not worry about theContinue reading “Day Two, Sunday September 6: Akron to Daulton, 31 miles”
Link to Saturday’s run “May we go to places that scare us” – Pema Chodron “Yes, we say, I want the destiny that awaits me; but I want complete safety while I explore it.” David Whyte Over the years running has taken me to scary places, and as a result, has been a significant sourceContinue reading “Day One, Saturday, September 5: Cleveland to Akron, 36.5 miles”
Day One, Saturday, September 5: Cleveland to Akron, 36.5 miles
“May we go to places that scare us” – Pema Chodron
“Yes, we say, I want the destiny that awaits me; but I want complete safety while I explore it.” David Whyte
Over the years running has taken me to scary places, and as a result, has been a significant source of personal growth. For one, I suffer from high anxiety, the fear of heights. I have experienced the terror of the 500-foot drop offs on the ledges at the Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon and braved an icy ledge at 11,000 feet in the Grand Tetons. Along with my brother Jeff and nephew Jason, we had to be rescued out of a flash flood in a canyon in Zion National Park. What’s more, each time I toe the starting line at a 100-mile race I experience fear – fear of the inevitable suffering and pain and fear of failure and whether or not I will persevere through the difficult times.
Yet, in these times of fear I also feel most alive. Life on the edge can be exhilarating when you consider the possibilities. Admittedly, starting in Cleveland today with 256 miles in front of me was somewhat fear-inducing. Will I suffer an injury sometime during the week that will leave me short of the goal? How will I adjust to the inevitable pain and boredom that will come sometime around days 4-5? Will having run that 100-mile race/training run two weeks ago be a huge mental mistake that will lead to a fatigued body and ultimate failure?
But oh the possibilities. That a family in West Virginia that has been without a home the past four years will get to move into a new home. That there is more learning and maturity to be had in the pain and suffering of this journey. That I will develop a deeper appreciation for and relationship with family and friends joining me along the way.
I couldn’t be doing this run without the support of my brother Jerry and his wife Kathy. They will be travelling with me all week tagging along in a motor home for food breaks and encouragement. Today and tomorrow my brother Jeff is joining me along with my grandson Lincoln, his parents Jordon and Krista, my wife Anna, and my daughters Rachel and Kate. We had such a good time on the trail today.
Ultimately, we would all do well by finding ways of going boldly in life, facing the fear of failure along the way for the rewards on the other side of suffering. In the worlds of 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” May it be so for all of us and for the rest of my journey this week.
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