Growing up, I was never a runner. I wasn't born with a physical gift for running, and I don't have a runner's body. I was never a track star or an athlete. On my high school track team, I was always bringing up the back of the pack. But I still loved it, and little by little, I started running longer and longer distances. I started out with one mile, then five, then twenty, then fifty.
I started running long distances because I could constantly push myself farther and farther each and every time I went out. I haven't found my limitations yet.
This run about being removed from everything I know. It's about surrendering to the fact that there is nothing between me and New York, or between me and veterans, or between me and the possibility of helping people in the way that I hope to. I'm learning how to believe in myself, and I want others to learn to believe in themselves too.
This run is about learning to care for people unconditionally.
I recognize great nobility in the sacrifices veterans have made, and I am inspired by their courage. When I speak with veterans and members of the military across the country, there is so much to love. And more than that, they deserve to be heard and they need our help.
They are very brave men and women who are deserving of recognition.
This run is about pushing myself to cultivate true compassion for a valiant group of people who I'm trying very hard to understand. I want to inspire people to know that anything is possible.
Go ahead. Try to find your own limitations.
My guess is that you won't be able to.
Instead, you will find out how powerful you really are.