Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Getting ready

Today John and I ran in Patuckaway State park for about 2 hours. Most of our time was spent talking about our approach to this run and what a monster it is becoming. The people who have shown interest in supporting the run have been fantastic. It looks like there will be a ton of media coverage as most people are pretty blown away when they hear that we will be running for so long at a time. For us, the idea of running 124 miles is fairly technical. Mentally we both are pretty prepared. Neither one of us has run for more than 100 miles at a time; John has done it 6 times, I have only done it once and we know the toll it will take on our bodies.

One thing that we have learned by running long distances is that the mind is equally, maybe more, important than your physical ability. This is one of the reasons that I am so inspired to run for Make-a-Wish. The kids that are facing life threatening illness understand this power of the mind because the have no choice. They have to fight and they do it with dignity and a power that most of us will never have to draw upon. During this run I am prepared to be in incredible pain and I also know that no matter how bad it hurts I can stop. These kids don't have that luxury and they provide me with the inspiration to continue no matter what.

John and I will be posting here regularly to keep everybody up to date on new developements of the run and to share our training.

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