An idea has sprung forth. With me, that always indicates a bit of an adventure that can either be completely terrifying or life changing.
The world is going to think me mad. But that’s ok, I’ve been there more than a few times over the years. I still try to blaze my own trail.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that I’m not unique in any way. I’m not inventing something new and exciting. I’m not an entrepreneur… I can barely spell entrepreneaur. Nothing I do is going to be earth shattering for anyone but myself.
Actually, I’m glad. Have you ever had your dreams dashed against the rocks, only to find they were not your dreams, but someone elses? That was me, until now.
I had been trying to squeeze myself and this silly passion of mine into a mould. Train harder, get faster, podium. What is the purpose if you’re not trying to excel? When all your peers are striving to win, can you muster the courage to run your own course?
It sounds easier than it is. We are, after all, pack animals.
In my attempts, I had begun to lose my passion for running. I no longer understood the purpose. And then a global crisis hit and suddenly I remembered.
My purpose: To put one foot in front of the other. Feel the wind on my face. Soak in the landscapes. No sense of time or urgency. I run to be with nature, and nature doesn’t hurry. Nature doesn’t have cutoffs.
I had been planning to race the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 miler in February of 2021. Planning is an interesting operative word. Sometimes life has plans for you that you don’t yet know. When racing the Iditarod became economically infeasible, I was forced to consider that maybe it’s not my dream to race. Maybe my dream is to face my fears and push my limits.
And so I will.
February 2021 I will run the entire 480 kilometres of the Alberta winter road, self supported, over 10 days. Because why chase a dream that’s not yours? Why compete in someone else’s race, when the challenge is within? And why travel distances seeking the beauty of another country when my own backyard is absolutely breathtaking?
It sounds much less powerful when there are no medals or competitors. But there is power in simplicity, and I am no competitor. I have never been on the podium, I’ve won no awards. I’m not an outlier, nor am I any different than you. We are the same, you and I. Let me show you what you’re capable of.