I was never a runner. I tried to be, but it never stuck. I gained 60 pounds and gave up. Even after I completed a goal ten years in the making to run a half marathon, I quit. I tried to pick up the pieces a year later, and one day I ran on a mountain trail instead of a city road. Life changed instantly for me.
I've found excuses for everything I've found excuses to sit on the couch and excuses to eat donuts (bags of them, in fact). And, I've found excuses for running trails for hours on end. These are my stories about the excuses surrounding ultra running- the ones that get us out the door and the ones that keep us on the couch. I hope they inspire you and excite you about your training and your adventures. These are my Ultra Excuses.
I have a lot of excuses not to. I'm a father of two boys under the age of 10. My wife is a competitive bodybuilder. I'm a full-time professional with a demanding job. I have a honey-do list a mile long for our rustic mountain home. I'm a volunteer for several local nonprofits. I love to ski. I love to eat. I love beer. But, for every excuse not to I have found reasons that I can and should.
I'm not a coach, just a passionate ultra runner who has started from nothing and learned the tricks, the training, and the ways to encourage myself along the way. I'm still setting new goals and working hard to crush new challenges. I hope I can inspire you, to help you, and be a mentor along the way for your own journey.
I really appreciate you being a part of this community. You can participate on social media, using #UltraExcuses and I will happily be a virtual pacer for you.