Last week Mike Erhedt took off on his 81 day journey from the tip of Minnesota to the end of Texas.
four days have transpired since the beginning of this journey. He has only just begun. I have never ran more than a 10k, roughly 6 miles. But Mike Is running double this every day for the next 80 days now. I’ve always asked myself what goes through the minds of runners as they go on their long distance journey. With no real end point, no reward at the end of the run and no rhyme or reason why they would take on such a megalithic event.
Mike has given us the gift of a voice memo while he runs. I’ve included this in this post because it is such an introspective look into the mind of Mike. As you listen to this sound clip, listen to the sounds of a runner. Hear his footsteps on the ground beneath him. We can here the sounds of trucks speed by as he takes intermittent breaths and shares his personal thoughts. What a freedom he must feel doing this. It was the 4th day of his run going down Minnesota 53 interstate. As you listen there is a certain air of loneliness that over came him. That didn’t stop him. At one point he says that he “felt the loneliness role over him after everyone left him”. As he lay in bed he could have let the feeling of loneliness wash over him “or get up an move and get on down the road”. So he ran because time is unforgiving and once he got moving down the road he knew he would be that much closer to his goal.
Is life so different? Once we get moving down the road we are that much closer to our goal. Think of a time in your life that you could have laid in your despair, sadness or loneliness. How much our life is like running a marathon. That if we just get up and go, we can obtain our goals and dreams. Not let anything stand in our way. I have only been a part of this project for a short time now, but just following the words and actions of some of the Master’s Athletes, I have been majorly inspired to keep moving down the road.
Mike has presented us all with a challenge. The 26/81 challenge is a challenge presented to us, something that we can do to stay fit, keep moving, support Mike and his mission. The mission to support and think about the fallen troops of Afghanistan. Will you take this challenge? If so tell us about it. It doesn’t have to be everyday, it doesn’t have to be a marathon a day, there are no prizes are rewards, only the recognition that YOU are taking care of YOU. That YOU are impacting your life in a healthy way. I know I am dedicated, and I will share my challenge with you as well.
Be There Do That Mike Ehredt Sound Bite day 4