The Running Evolution

“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” – Oprah Winfrey

So many people start in a similar place, and go through similar stages, when it comes to their running. I’m constantly reminded of this when I talk running with other people. I consider it the running evolution.

Everyone is trying to get somewhere, and Saturday proved to be an important day for two friends. Tim and Joel both completed the Ice Age Trail 50 Mile event through challenging conditions: Cold, rain, sun, mud. They saw just about every type of condition out on the Wisconsin trail, and both finished the race within the 12-hour time limit to earn their buckles (medals).

For Tim, it was a pretty important goal for him to accomplish. In addition, he also paced Joel, who is building up for the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run in September. More than a personal goal, Tim wanted to practice pacing Joel for the legendary and tough Wasatch event. And for Joel, completing the race within the time limit should give a big boost of confidence for Wasatch. Congrats to both!

On an unrelated note, I’d like to make note that today’s Mother’s Day.

When it comes to Mother’s Day, there’s a thought that never is far from my mind: My mom always wanted the best for me. I can’t ever repay her for the kindness, love and sacrifice she showed – or always pushing me to be my best. While I’m not the complete person I should be, I’m a lot further along than I would be otherwise.

It’s been 10 years since I last spent Mother’s Day with her. She was my confidant, friend and I miss her. So for all of those out there who still can spend Mother’s Day with their moms, I hope you take the opportunity to treat her to something special today.