Hi Everyone! So, as you can see from the video above, I went out for a 20 mile training run last Sunday and ended up running a marathon! Quick story behind it is that a couple weeks ago I got the crazy idea to create and run in my own marathon that I later named “The Chucklehead Marathon 2020”. I’ve never run 26.2 miles non-stop and with this whole Covid-19 thing happening, I’ve been restricted in many of my usual ways to experience new things. Thankfully though, we’re still allowed to run outside! That’s why I came up with the idea for the marathon. It was planned to take place this coming Sunday, April 12 but I couldn’t wait! I went out for my training run last Sunday and was feeling so good that I ended up doing the whole thing right then.
About the run! The run was awesome! I ended up finishing it in 3 hours 50 minutes. Although I’m not as fast as I used to be, I was very happy with the result. I felt like I floated through the first 20 miles, averaging about 8 minutes a mile and not expending too much energy. During mile 20-21, I hit the dreaded “wall”. I think it may have also been my body trying to shut down because I hadn’t eaten anything all day and I was right around the 3,000 calories burned mark. So, my lady Misha, ran into a convenient store that we happened to be passing and bought a banana and chocolate. That cured me. Misha led the way on the bike for our final 6 miles. The course that I kind-sorta mapped out had the most beautiful views of the Australian back country. “The true land down under”; rolling green hills, crazy looking trees, and wildly unique bird calls. Yeah it was Legit. And around mile 23, we even got to see our first Koala sighting! There ended up being 3 Koalas just chilling in the trees in the backroads of Oz. I feel super lucky that I not only was able to complete my first marathon but for it to happen in Australia made it that much better. So blessed.
And here’s what I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about if that’s okay with you guys. Why did I do it a week early? I could have waited, I guess. I could have put it off ‘til next week and allowed myself some time to make better plans like mapping out the course, water stations, and capturing the run a little bit better rather than just using my iPhone. But to be honest, I did it with the simple idea in mind that tomorrow is not promised. I would be lying if I told you that I know that I’m going to be on this earth next Sunday. I have no idea what tomorrow holds. But that’s the beauty of Life isn’t it? To experience everyday like it’s our last. I’ve devoted my Life to experiencing as many wildly, awesome adventures that I can. So this was a no-brainer.
That’s the real reason why I created the marathon in the first place, to cross things off my list that I’ve put on the back burner for so long. I don’t actually have a list, but you know what I mean, things I’ve always wanted to experience. And I’m sure you all can understand that it’s not just about the running of the marathon . Covid-19 has given many of us the opportunity to experience a “break” from our everyday routines and our frequently practiced ways. It has given us the opportunity to think outside-the-box; to be creative with the cards that we’ve been dealt. Needless to say, Now is the time, folks. Now is the time to take steps towards anything we’ve ever wanted to accomplish. Now is the time, to let the super hero inside of us shine. Now is the time to let our inner Badass out. Now is the time for Anything. And Now is surely the time for Everything.
When Life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch as the people of the world become inspired by how you did it.
I would Love to express how fortunate I am for my lady, Misha, making this marathon possible by dropping everything that she was doing in that moment last Sunday to help out with making sure I achieved my dream. She’s an angel, that woman. And I feel quite lucky, that’s for sure. I’d also like to thank my body for staying strong for the 26.2 miles. I’d like to give a shout out to my mom out there, Becky Snider, you’re a rockstar.
I’m blessed to be experiencing the wonders that Life offers. I’m also blessed to be experiencing Life with all of you. Now more than ever is proof that we are indeed One big organism. I would like to send Love and Gratitude to all my brothers and sisters out there who are becoming better from these interesting times. I’m so proud of us all for upgrading into better forms of ourselves; for being flexible during the challenging times and changing and transforming into the beautiful Beings that we are. Thank You All for Being. And always remember to… BREATHE.
Blessed, Fortunate, And Filled With Love,