Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Burning River 100 Race Morning, 3am

I couldn't help but be reminded of this as I headed out this morning for a run. Temps in the upper 60s to low 70s, mild humidity, a light breeze blowing, and stars filling the sky.

This has been the setup for the past 2 years at Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls, OH where runners meet at the Finish Line of the Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run, to board school buses for the hour long drive to the starting line at Squire's Castle. There is something very powerful about standing on the Finish Line and knowing you have until 11am the NEXT day to get back here, covering 100 miles, by foot. The journey, not only physical, but mental stares you straight in the face. Emotions flare, scenarios are played out, and you continue to figure out how on earth you're going to do it. Make whatever plans you wish because in the end, a story will be written like none you had previously imagined. The 100 mile endurance run is like none other and the Finish Line is only one part of it. It starts at 3am race morning and includes every moment thereafter until you cross that Finish Line.

It's days like this that remind me of that morning, that journey, that I hold true and special. No one can take that from me and I will never forget it. I hope you find something like this to grab onto and drive you to goals previously thought impossible and achieve them...then reflect back on them forevermore.

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