Saturday, March 13, 2010

"You're !@#$%^&* Crazy"

I have heard these words many times in my life. As I have been working my way towards my first 100 mile race 2 weeks from today at Umstead I have been hearing it more and more and I was wondering what exactly is "crazy"?

I love the following things and at some point someone has referred to me as crazy in association with each.

I love adventure, so I bought my first motorcycle back in 2003 and rode all over the United States and Canada with my girlfriend.

I love my girlfriend, so I married her. Apparently she is "crazy" about me too.

I love my children, so I spend as much time with them as I can. We also decided to have another:)

I love running, so I do it often. See all those shoes, it must mean I run a lot right? Or does it mean I'm crazy.

I love doing my part to find a cure for multiple myeloma, so all of my runs are to raise money for MMRF.

I love pushing myself to see whats possible. I am amazed every time!

I recall an interview many years ago during which Howard Cosell called Muhammad Ali truculent. Ali's response was "I don't know what that means, but if it's good, I'm it".

Well if crazy means passionate, then I'm it.



  1. "Crazy" is MUCH more interesting than 'Normal'!!
    Good luck at Umstead !! have a crazyfun time.

    ps. I just did a cold, snowy 50K today and finished with my donation to a skin cancer research fund- Had to buy a beer to do so, but it was for the research, really.

  2. Great job on the 50k. I am am a big fan of purchasing beer for research:)

  3. Dude, a 100-mile race? That's not crazy. Marrying my sister isn't event that crazy. Marrying her knowing I was her brother...that's CRAZY!

    Keep the energy, keep the faith. It's mind over matter, if you don't mind, it don't matter.

    Big ups from Maine!

  4. Once again you make a very good point my brother!

    Glad you and the family made it back to Maine safely.

  5. Eric; Iman sent me a link to your blog - which tells me he thinks we are a lot alike and judging from your post, we who exercise are all kindred spirits in a way. I thought I would make a couple of comments about being 'crazy' from my years of racing:

    1. No matter how crazy someone thinks you are for doing something related to exercise - there's someone out there who makes you look absolutely sane (just Google Arrowhead 135 Winter Ultramarathon or Deca Ironman)

    2. One of my favorite t-shirts ever seen at a race is "Obsessed: just a word the lazy use to describe dedicated"



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