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The Spirit Of Runners

This week I received an email from a fellow strong trail and road running friend from Ohio (David K.) that really highlights the spirit of much of the running community. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it with you (with permission of course).

Change of Plans

“I was not supposed to run so hard at the Flying Pig.  I was using the run as a long run as part of the Mohican 50 training, but I had a unique experience that I will not soon forget.

I started the race telling myself this is just a training run.  I only looked at my watch two times the entire race (the first couple miles).

I was taking it easy, then at mile 9 I was running next to this guy (Scott) and we started chatting.  He is 41 and it was his first marathon.  He said was going to try to qualify for Boston (3:20).  I told him he was doing great.  After a few more words back and forth I finally said “We will get you to Boston”.

David K. and Scott Teaming Up

David K. and Scott ripping through the course!

I said this without hesitation.  So it was, I was fully engaged.  I felt like this was a great opportunity to help a fellow runner.   We started pounding out some great miles.  We had a few slower miles 23-25.  Then went on strong to the finish.

Boston Bound!

Boston Bound!

After the race I introduced Josie and he introduced his wife.  It was a bunch of fun to help him out.  My training was not focused on fast pavement running.  Also I was just getting over my achilles injury.  I certainly pushed harder than planned, but I had a great time.”

This is one example why running is great!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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