In the past three years I have endured seven different jobs. I have learned a lot in every position, yet I have not been able to garner that sense of accomplishment that makes you proud. Ultimately this lack of something always brings me back to running, biking and being outdoors. Pushing myself physically and mentally, whether it be training or races, contains a pivotal gravity which has improved my life across the board. As I run through the trails of Cottage Grove, MN I realized how exciting it is to run fast. Last year I ran a marathon and almost qualified for the Boston Marathon at the age of 25. I know that tens of thousands of people qualify for the Boston Marathon every year, but I have never been that competitive in my life, nor have I ever worked that hard to be in shape…but when I realized I was in 13th place in the Rochester Med-City Marathon I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment.
1 1/41 70 Ron Giles Rochester MN 42 M 2:44:41 6:18 2 1/27 107 Benjamin Kopecky North Liberty IA 25 M 2:49:03 6:28 3 1/34 206 Forrest Tracy St. Paul MN 31 M 2:49:35 6:29 4 2/34 22 Chris Brown Garfield MN 36 M 2:57:27 6:47 5 2/41 129 Jeffery Miller Albert Lea MN 46 M 2:58:28 6:49 6 1/31 94 Deborah Hudleston Minneapolis MN 31 F 3:01:41 6:57 7 3/34 55 Cory Felderman Rochester MN 30 M 3:04:24 7:03 8 3/41 77 Geoffrey Hahm Dayton OH 41 M 3:06:15 7:07 9 2/27 108 Joe Kotlowski Stevens Point WI 28 M 3:06:47 7:08 10 4/34 126 Gerad Mead St Paul MN 31 M 3:09:32 7:15 11 3/27 43 Shawn Dobbins Eden Prairie MN 26 M 3:12:50 7:22 12 2/31 24 Kari Brown Garfield MN 33 F 3:13:10 7:23 13 4/27 80 Dustin Harford Hastings MN 25 M 3:14:17 7:25
I know in reality what I did does not matter, but in relation to what I have achieved throughout my life…it is the pinnacle of all. I hope to build upon it and realize what the human body is capable of achieving. Finishing the Almanzo and biking to Castle Danger, MN were also life altering events. People close to me compliment me on these achievements…but for me…(possibly sadly) these events mean so much more to me. I lay myself out on the line to admit how much these things mean to me, how much I hope to achieve, and how incredible of an event I hope to create for people. I wish you the best of luck in your events throughout the rest of the year and up to the Wilder Foot Races in May of 2012.