Back in February, I did a post called "The Dark Side of Ultra Running" where I empathized what KG went through at RR 100.
I guess the "kids" at Letsrun.com had fun with it and kind of poked fun at us. They said "Is there a bright side to Ultra running?" I am not sure if it was the moderators, but I hear that site thinks ultra runners are just slow.
So this week is the perfect week to respond with "The Bright Side"
I had a bad week.
Those of you who know about the looming dark cloud which has been hanging over my head for the last 6 months know what I am referring to. It did not work out the way I had hoped.
But the events of this week are met with the same mentality I had at mile 20 last weekend, and mile 70 at Superior 2 years ago. I actually take on the persona of Al Pacino at the end of Scarface and yell "I'm still standing" as he has a handful of bullets in him.
Ultra Running has taught me to hand difficult situations a lot easier than I used to.
I was with a distributor on Wed when the bad news came down, and he said "damn, you are taking this well". I said, "This aint' nothing, try getting through Crosby Manitou at 3 am when you are at the end of your rope".
So, I actually feel a giant weight has been lifted.
Being tuff, handling adversity, daring to go big and take risks professionally and personally.
That, my friends, is the Bright Side of Ultra Running