Running, in my opinion, is a Team Life Sport. I categorize it as such because I truly believe that each one of us is out there working together to help race against ourselves in surpassing our own physical limitations. We collaborate by sharing our experiences within the running community in hopes to learn from each other and grow. Sure there are placements and best times–this keeps things interesting and expands our perception on what’s possible– but I can tell you from experience that it takes more than just the drive to win when running 100 miles in the 100-degree heat, or moving forward for 24 hours in the frigid cold trying to beat a personal best. It takes faith in something larger than ourselves when attempting to tackle some of the toughest bouts of human endurance on the planet, where we set out in an attempt to overcome our own physical and mental limitations.
In life we all need to grow and progress. This is our natural human instinct. This is why we’ve advanced from living in caves to flying in spaceships. The aim of this blog is for just that purpose: helping each other grow as runners. If sharing my knowledge and experiences helps just one person reach that finish line then I consider it a success. Personally, I’ve ran various races but as of late I began my journey in the Ultra Marathon world four years ago. Since then, between races and training runs, I’ve ran nearly 100 Ultra distances. This has given me miles and miles of hands-on experience. As an avid fitness enthusiast I’ve achieved certifications as both a nutrition consultant and a personal trainer. I practice an all natural lifestyle which has maximized my energy levels and improved my performance significantly. Also, through trial and error, I’ve developed a training method to allow my body to run frequent, long runs and recover fast. The results have been nothing short of amazing: I’ve ran 100-mile ultras, a 24-hour ultra, a 50K training run with zero food or water, many marathons, trained and recovered permanently from ITBS, and learned how to eliminate intense repetitive stomach issues on race day. Most recently I ran 116 miles across the state of Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
My favorite part of running is how we simplistically set out to achieve the impossible. It’s a direct relation to the flame that burns inside each and every one of us. It doesn’t matter who you are, who you know, or how much money you have. There are no shortcuts. All you have is the motivation that drives you, your running shoes, and the chosen length between you and the finish line. I find this highly inspirational. Running has changed my life for the better and for that I am forever grateful. So please enjoy the posts, push your limits, and above all Live On The Run!