Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Introductory Post

Well, here is my attempt at a blog.

The first and foremost reason for this blog is my fundraising. My mother has had multiple sclerosis ever since I was 10 years old. A few years ago, her condition exacerbated and left her disabled. Since then, my father has developed peripheral neuropathy, and my grandmother has developed an advanced case of Alzheimer's disease. Multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, and possibly Alzheimer's disease, are all autoimmune diseases. I have chosen to run as a means of raising funds and awareness to support the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA).

A second reason for the blog is the requests I've had to make one. Some runners would like to see what ultra-running is like from the perspective of a younger person (ultrarunners tend to be much older than I am). So here it is. Hopefully, this blog will provide a meaningful contribution to the ultra-running community, and allow a renewed perspective on running.

A third reason I'm starting this blog is to inspire. To that end, the only power I have is to demonstrate what is possible, and ways of doing things which have been helpful to me and may or may not be helpful to anyone else. I have failed terribly in life a few times, so I'm definitely not perfect, and I don't have all of the answers. But that's pacifying to me, as it makes my task simple. I'm not here to be a superhero. I'm just here to do my best to contribute to some semblance of balance and positivity. If everyone did that, it would make a positive change in the world. As I look back, my most productive days were not when I was looking at someone else, or even at myself, but at the world around me, doing the best I could to experience life. 

We are all special to some extent. The last few years have made me painfully aware of my personal weaknesses and humanness. I've been incredibly blessed with a great family, great friends, and great opportunities.