If the miles behind me could be put into words before you, you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires. Most of all you would see my joy. Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you will see ...

Monday, August 18, 2008


"As I have always held it a crime to anticipate evils I will believe it a good comfortable road until I am compelled to believe differently."
- Meriwether Lewis, 1805

This was my motto for all of '06 before I did Ultraman. Seeing as I'd never done a three day race such as this one, there was no reason to get worked up and scared of the distances just because it was all new doing 512km that close together. It's like Spartathlon - why get nervous about the distance when there is only so much I can do in the weeks before? I can't run five 100 mile weeks because I'd be battered and burnt out. I have to take what I have, improve as much as I can within my abilities, train for what I can - heat, distance, elevation - and hope for the best. This is a run of attrition and I fully believe, seeing the dnf rate, that finishing is the same as winning. I will believe it's a good comfortable road until something leads me to believe otherwise, and even then I'll keep moving forward.

1 comment:

garobbins said...

Awesome words of wisdom dude! Good luck over there, and like you said, finishing is an amazing accomplishment...but we all know you'll do more than just finish this thing!