It is something to be said to get up at 4a.m. on a Saturday and run in the cold. Many people would never even think about doing this but I am so happy I had the opportunity to do so. Yes, it was my decision but I actually was looking forward to running with a great group of people.
I met John Byrne, Maurer, Uhde, and Rick to run. John and Rick are training for the Leadville Race in August 2012. Leadville is a 100 miles road race in Colorado. Elevations range from 9,200 to 12,600 feet. There is also a 30 hour limit and only 50% of the people who start the race finish. Some would ask, “Why in the world would someone want to do something like this?” John Byrne who will be running his second Leadville in August believes that the “harder the task/challenge the greater satisfaction we receive from it.” You can run 3 miles and feel good about it, but can run 26.2 miles and feel much more gratification.
These are an incredible group of men, I feel very lucky to be able to run with them. I ran the first loop with them which was 9 miles. This was nothing compared to what the rest of the group accomplished. Uhde and Maurer continued to complete 13. John and Rick were planning on running a full marathon this morning. They are hoping to get in two full marathons this weekend.
I truly believe you become who you surround yourself with. This running group is an amazing group to be a part of. They clearly are working to be the best versions of themselves and helping me to do the same.
Now on to the rest of the day!