18 miles…

18 miles…28.97 km…95,040 feet…

that’s 3.3 times the height of Mt. Everest.

2.7 times the greatest ocean depth.

it’s also the total distance i’ll be running (broken out over 3 legs) in the Ragnar Relay on October 5 and 6th. i’ve done the marathon thing, so i’ve run further than 18 miles before, but it’s been a while since i’ve run more than 13.1.

…and that number ’18’ just seems so daunting right now. seemingly impossible at times.

i woke up this morning to a cold, misty rain. thought about it for a minute, turned the alarm off, and rolled over thinking “i’ll just run tomorrow…i would much rather sleep some more”. they say getting out the door is the hardest part…i think it’s getting out of bed at 6:30 on a saturday morning in the summer to do your long run. but maybe that’s just me.

in my oh so cozy and self-indulgent laziness, i began thinking about why i needed to get out there and run. why i’m training. this race is different for me. it’s not just to add another event to the list…it’s not just for the exercise, the challenge, or the experience. these things are all just secondary. i’m doing this FTK (for the kids). for kids like Gabe Angus- who is now approaching 5 years being cancer free. for kids like Emily Whitehead who almost didn’t make it in her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)- but is in remission as of May! for kids like Eli Sidler, who recently lost his courageous battle against ewing’s sarcoma.

Gabe. Emily. Eli. they are all Four Diamonds children. they are the reason that the penn state student community comes together every year and raises millions of dollars  to help in the fight against pediatric cancer (more than $10 million this past year alone!). they are the reason we are running Ragnar. to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure so that one day, we won’t lose anymore little warriors like Eli. what better motivator do i need?

so i stopped thinking about it. i got up. laced up my shoes. and ran. not 18 miles, but 7. and it felt great. 18 miles. i can do this. daunting. but not impossible.

impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. impossible is not a fact. it’s an opinion. impossible is not a declaration. it’s a dare. impossible is potential. impossible is temporary. impossible is nothing.

– some random Nike ad 🙂

happy running guys. if you care to help my team in our efforts to support children and their families in their fight against pediatric cancers, please click here

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