No Easy Way Out…No Short Cut Home.
June 24, 2009
So here we go. No turning back. No excuses. This post will be the first of many over the next five months in hopes of documenting what I expect to be the most fulfilling, and hands down the most challenging, experience of my life.
I started running about two years ago as a sort of personal vendetta against a reconstructed wrist...and the more I've pushed the envelope...the more I've grown to love the battle. There's something to be said for that moment in time when it's you vs. yourself and the pain is so severe that every inch of your being is telling you to stop. Yet you somehow find a way to shrug it off...to keep driving forward...and to ultimately reach a higher level. Think that's what brings so many back for more despite the self-induced suffering.
I consider myself extremely blessed to have this opportunity at this stage in my life. I look forward to meeting and building long-term relationships with a myriad of competitors from different countries and different cultures. Look forward to running in a landscape so beautiful and so arid and so rich in history that I couldn't possibly do it justice right now. Look forward to competing on behalf of a beautiful little girl (Luciana) with a very tough condition and for her two parents who've been nothing but amazing to me over the years. Look forward to pushing my mind, body and soul to their absolute edge to eliminate any current self-imposed boundaries. And I really look forward to playing the underdog and surprising the hell out of some of the more experienced runners.
So that's it for now. After recently completing the Providence marathon I've taken a few weeks for myself to focus on friends, family and work. But now...it's back to business. Another update in a few weeks...
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take ranks with the poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt
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