A quick note here from 30,000 feet (gee isn’t internet in-flight super keano neat?)…
I just had to share this because it got me thinking. About a week or so ago, I received a message from my old Oklahoma climbing buddy, who just wanted to let me know he enjoyed the blog and it had inspired him to start running again.
I gotta tell you, that was a very profound note for me. The blog title’s by-line is “Making a difference one mile at a time” but I guess you just never know what that difference is going to look like. This time, it was getting an old friend moving again. Next time, who knows?
So it got me to thinking (this will require reader participation, so warm up those typing fingers): I know what inspires me, but what is inspirational to everyone else? I’ve got a little widget bodx to the right labeled “Inspiration Station,” and it’s quick look at a few people/things that inspire me. People like Lupe Marsden and Terra Castro – folks ordinary/extraordinary in their unique fashions. My wife – who recently left a promising corporate career because she felt like there was another purpose out there for her besides chasing the almighty dollar. Of course, my list isn’t all-inclusive and I’m adding things as I go, but i highly recommend you check up on their blogs if you haven’t already.
So anyway, for the handful of people who check up on this blog (I’m pretty sure there about 10-20), take a moment and drop a comment to this blog and tell me what inspires you. It doesn’t require a website, a specific format, or anything. It could be a moment in time, a person, or anything for that matter. I want to know, and I’m willing to bet that the other readers out there who struggle daily wouldn’t mind either.
Hope to hear from you soon…
Matt, I decided to “ramp” up my mph average walking from 4 to 4.2 and walking at least 1 hour per day to 1 1/2 hours. Doesn’t sound like much but I know Ziggy is feeling it along with me! I made this decision after reading your blogs and Jen’s. As soon as I made this momentous decision my knee started to act up and the rain started moving in. I am happy to say Ziggy and I are pushing through! We are going out every morning and every night no matter the weather or knee and bookin’. Unfortunately Ziggy seems to be benefiting from the increase in walking time more than me, I still look like a 57 year old grandma!
I have been reading Lupe’s blog also and that has been additional inspiration thanks for posting it to your blog. Take care, Mary
Just like the Chicago song, “You’re My Inspiration…you bring feeling to my life….you’re my inspiration…and I know (Echo: yes, I know)”. Ok, I’m done. All joking aside, your dedication has always inspired me.
(I also like a cupcake or a piece of candy every now and then…)
I’m inspired by a few recent performances. My brother-in-law Jesse ran his first 100k race at Miwok last weekend. He finished the race despite early stomach trouble, shoe issues, and inadequate training for that distance. And equally inspiring is the winner of that race, Anton Krupicka. Anton was a mediocre collegiate runner at Colorado College, but is now pushing the speed limits of ultra-marathons. Lastly, Chris Solinsky’s performance at Stanford last weekend where he demolished the American record was truly inspiring. Here’s a guy who hasn’t PRed in the 5000 since college and he’s running in his his first 10,000 meters. He’s been working his butt off the last three years, but hadn’t made a whole lot of progress, until now. All that hard work and training finally paid off. I guess that’s why we slog through all those rough patches.