Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dream Again

As my family and I are finishing our packing, preparing to head down to Raleigh, North Carolina tomorrow for the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run, my mind as always is spinning.  However, this time I am not completely thinking of my own run.  I am instead so very excited for the many others this weekend who I know are embarking on their first attempt at completing the 100 mile distance.  Last year was my first attempt and not a day has gone by since, that I don't remember the feeling I had after completing the run.  As my wife can attest, when she asked me how I was feeling, I simply could not speak as emotions ran through me.  Nothing could have prepared me for the change in my life that was coming as I have been more positive in all aspects of my life.

I am reminded of my childhood when dreams were my world and anything was possible.  The image of The Little Engine That Could comes to mind.  This book teaches children the value of optimism of and hard work, something for me that life had slowly dampened as so much began to seem unattainable.  The last few years of running experiences with incredible support from family and friends has brought me back to those days of dreaming.  Surround yourself with positive people, believe in yourself, think outside the box and you can feel like a kid again.

To all those who are about to go outside the box this weekend at Umstead or anywhere else; When you think you can't, you can.  When don't want to anymore, you will.



  1. Great post Eric. Your are an inspiration. You're going to rock it this weekend at Umstead!

  2. Thanks for this post, Eric! I'm one of those 1st timers. Please kick my butt each time you lap me!

  3. Good luck this weekend. I have no doubt you will finish, and I know you enjoy it! I can not wait for the post race post!



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