|Feeling awful at 8,200 feet on the North Rim!|
Several months ago I told him of my plans to run the Grand Canyon, Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim, about 48 miles, with serious elevation change through the heat of one of the most beautiful and potentially unforgiving environments that exist (self supported of course). Matt never hesitated and said he wanted in. Never missing a beat Matt immediately got to training. He trained hard and blew passed the marathon distance and right into ultras completing several back to back runs of more than 30 miles. He was prepared and I know he never expected to feel as crappy as he did. In a way, I am glad. Not that he felt poorly, but that he got up and kept going so that he could feel what it is like to move past, well past all perceived limits. He ran, got his ass kicked and then fought back to complete what I am certain is one of the greatest running experiences in the world. I know this will change his life positively as similar experiences have done for me.
I have been running, relatively intensely now for several years. I have run and crewed in some of the most incredible places and met many wonderful and inspiring people. I have been inspired by my children, my wife, strangers who never give up, those who fight for their cause.....and now Matt! Totally f'ing amazing. Inspired again. Thanks Matt for having the balls to try and the courage to get up when you thought it was impossible. While this run would have been cool on its own, it is now epic for me.
I am so fortunate, because I am certain that I am going to meet many more inspiring people along the way and I look forward to sharing those experiences.
So here it is, the video recap of our day, 48 miles, 17 hours, 20,000 feet of elevation, lots of laughs, incredible scenery and lasting memories.