A friend sent me a tweet the other day to a video of Dean Karnazes (featured below). It was a nice reminder of why I decided to go down the path of the ultra distance.
Years ago I was still able to read books. Even though I could read books I rarely did. It would usually be through necessity, so either a manual for work or a Time Out guide for somewhere I was planning to visit. It never really occurred to me it might be an idea to read a lot of books before I was unable to.
So when I did read a book it really stuck in my mind. The only books I can remember reading are near to the entire work of Hunter S Thompson and one book by Dean Karnazes. The Thompson books could certainly explain why I drank so much back in the day! The Karnaze’s Ultramarathon Man really stuck in my mind.
I read it at a time when my vision was beginning to severely deteriorate. I hadn’t realised it at the time but it would become the last book I was able to read. Due to the fact it was the last book I ever read it held a special place in my heart and mind and created something. Something that would re surface years later.
When I had become so bored with waiting for college to start; I had began to run. Once I had mastered the art of running alone I felt I needed a challenge. I had done something I didn’t feel was possible a few months ago so what do I do now?
I remembered Karnaze’s book and thought: If he could do it, why can’t i?