Peace, Love and Strength

“You are stronger than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can” – Ken Chlouber

These are the infamous and inspirational words of Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville endurance races. Hearing Ken repeat these words at the Leadville 100 trail mountain bike meeting really hit home. The afternoon that I arrived in Colorado to support and spectate for Scott as he attempted his first Leadville 100 mountain bike race, I got a call from my doctor with my MRI results: Stress fracture. Up to 6 more weeks off of running. Return to the boot. When you resume running, do 1 minute run, 1 minute walk. 

Strangely, I’m at peace with the news that I won’t be running for quite awhile.  Being surrounded by the incredibly gorgeous Rocky Mountains and supporting someone that I love pursue, and achieve, his dream put things in perspective. This time off from running is a minor setback.Disappointing and frustrating, for sure. But there are people climbing bigger mountains in their lives everyday. I saw that in Leadville this weekend.


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