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It's an adventureRunning Is More Than Running

ďI survivedĒ he shouted triumphantly to me from his trail bike. I congratulated him putting two and two together in my head. He was that young dude I saw on the ridge who told me that he was getting to know these trails. His exuberant greeting disclosed what he hadnít said.  Now I knew that he had been way out of his comfort zone.  Nobody made him do this, he decided to challenge himself and he alone learned the lesson along the trail. Those emotions, the fear, the wonder, the joy, those were all his and it started when he decided to go give it a try.

ďRunning Castlewood State Parkis more than runningĒ I shared with a friend recently.  I grow mentally with each step I take during each different experience. There are times I will push myself to go further, run faster, go up more hills and then there are times I simply explore and try out a new trail. Sometimes a friend will share a story and they will pass along a lesson to me during a run. Iíve also learned about myself racing. The hotter the temperature, the longer the race the better I do, and then put me on a trail and Iím a happy camper. A sprint on a cold day, yikes not so good, but I didnít know that until I ran in all sorts of weather for varying distances over a variety of terrains.

Iíve got a friend who wonít run in public, she told me that because of her weight, she is embarrassed and knows people are talking about her running.  Her self-consciousness is robbing her of the best part of running. Do you run? Do you walk? I suggest you mix it up a bit, go somewhere new,  go farther, take a camera, say hi to strangers. Running is more than running, itís an adventure.



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2014
Boston Marathon

2013
Boston Marathon

2012
Rock & Roll Half Marathon
Santa Rosa Marathon
Temecula Mud Run
Go St. Louis Half Marathon
Quivering Quads Trail Run
Adventure Max Trail Run

Castlewood Cup

2011
Pere Marquette Trail Run
Organ Trail Run
Rock & Roll Half Marathon
Epic Mud Run
Hope for Haiti

2010
Marathon Relay
San Diego Marathon
St. Louis Half Marathon

 

 

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2009
Rec Plex Indoor Tri's

SLAM Mile Meet
2008
Ironman Florida
Ride the Rivers Century
MS 150 Century
Dog Prairie Century
Lake St. Louis Tri
Rec Plex Tri
SLAM Open Water
Tour de Cure
Indian Crossing 
St. Louis Half Marathon
2007
Big Shoulders Swim
North Shore Challenge
Xterra Wildwod Romp
SLAM Open Water
STL Marathon
STL 3K
Carlsbad Half 
2006
Chicago
Halfmax Triathlon
STL 3K
Carlsbad
2005
Rec Plex Triathlon
2004
St. Louis 
Lewis & Clark
New York
2003
Gulf Beaches
Indoor Triathlon
  Quivering Quads
2002
Lewis & Clark
Chicago
2001
Great River Road
Marathons:

Boston 2014
4:28:23

Boston 2013 (DNF)

Santa Rosa August 2012
3:55:45

San Diego
June 2010
4:50:56

Ironman Florida
November 2008
13:26:01


St. Louis
April 2007
4:16:18

Chicago 
 October 2006
 4:29:05

Carlsbad 
January 2006 
4:11:05

New York
November 2004 4:18:33

    Lewis & Clark September 2004 4:20:12

St. Louis 
April 2004
 4:12:09

Gulf Beaches 
February 2003 
4:37:19

  Lewis & Clark September 2002 4:25:20

Chicago
October 2002
4:17:31

 

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