Trail & Ultra Running.
My son is currently working on a documentary about mental health and running. Here is a link to the trailer.
"PR" Personal Record. If you're any kind of runner, you've heard this term. Today, I obtained one of these sought after achievements during a local half marathon race. However, during the race, as what often happens when one runs, I got to thinking. There's nothing really "personal" about it.
It's great to push yourself; to try to outdo a previous performance. But the fact of the matter is, for me at least, personal acheivements don't happen on their own. A huge part of it is the community in which you surround yourself; the company you keep. Ever since I became a runner, my friend group has multiplied. There are so many amazing people in this sport and the majority of them want nothing but the best for you. They are positive, accepting, and support one another day in and day out. Honestly, I never belonged to any groups like this until I became a runner.
My local running group, The Evergreen Turtle Rockets, is this support network to me. They are the most hodge podge group of people I have ever met but they are my family. I have made many deep connections in just a few years and all for our extreme love of running and adventuring in the mountains. If I need anything, I know someone will be there. They may (occasionally) give you a hard time but ultimately push you to be the best version of yourself you can be.
Then, something else occured to me today. It's not just the support network of friends and fellow runners that lead you do your best performance. It's the ones who don't; those who don't ever have your back or come to support you. The Nay Sayers. The ones not only in your present life but in your past, who told you "no" or tried to change you into something you weren't. They squish your dreams and cause undo emotional stress. We all have them. But, these people can be just as influential as the one supporting you. You just have to allow it to fuel your fire.
Running can be such a powerful thing and all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.
So, yeah. I got a PR today.
Ultra runner in Washington state with dreams of setting a Guiness World Record in 2019.