On Personal Heroes
People often tell Erin and I that our story is inspiring. This is very surreal, since we consider ourselves quite ordinary and pretty boring (we watch a LOT of Netflix)! However if sharing our story can help inspire others to live a more healthy and active lifestyle, we are so happy to do so.
Today, I would like to share some of the stories associated with people who inspire me to live life to the fullest.
One of the things that appeals to me most about running as a sport is that it’s all about breaking boundaries. Sometimes those boundaries are personal in nature, that’s why runners talk about personal bests or personal records. For me, beating a younger version of myself is always a pretty satisfying thing. However, running is also about breaking boundaries that are imposed across humanity or society. Sometimes that can come through a new world record. In the case of Katherine Switzer, she broke through a barrier many viewed as unbreakable at the time. She was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.
In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. As you can see from the above picture, she was fearless in her pursuit to accomplish this goal, even in the face of race officials trying to stop her mid-race and remove her official racing bib.
Katherine Switzer broke through a huge barrier in the running world, the below video sums up really well her accomplishment and the continued struggle that women face to break through other barriers in the world of sports and elsewhere. Katherine Switzer's fearless pursuit of breaking boundaries truly inspires me!
My Wife and Partner
Erin and I have been together since 2005 and married since 2008. Even before we were married, we had supported each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. We have always been happy in our relationship and very much in love, but we had no idea how good things could be. If we knew how our relationship and love for each other would grow as we took this journey towards a more active, healthy lifestyle it's something we would have done years ago! Erin's support in all areas of our shared life, but especially throughout our journey to a more healthy, active lifestyle has always been a critical component of my success and is the reason she is truly a personal hero of mine.
Additionally, Erin suffers from a chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia. Her fierce determination to set and achieve aggressive health and fitness related goals in the face of this, even though she is sometimes fighitng through some extreme pain, continues to inspire me on a daily basis.
Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long distance runner and has been described as “the greatest marathoner of the modern era”. In May of 2017, he partnered with Nike and came 26 seconds short of running a full marathon (42.1 kilometers or 26 miles) in under 2 hours.
His contribution to the sport of endurance running inspires me a great deal, but what inspires me most about him is his message that “no human is limited” and that there is great potential for human progress through a patient, slow process, where we build on the successes and achievements of others over a long period of time. This message inspires me to continue and set new, more aggressive goals for myself in all areas of my life.