|Day 3 after the bite.|
He says the first day back on the road after the bite was the hardest of the entire run. The pain was intense. He said he was determined to just put one foot in front of the other until the end. When reflecting on the bite he said that he was glad it happened...it renewed media interest in his story and cause. He says it also it proved to be a wonderful analogy to him. The budget cuts were a roadblock for the nonprofit just as the snake bite was a roadblock to completing the run. And, like the nonprofit organization - he was not going to quit!
Matt spends more time running in combat boots these days in the Army Reserves and has been training for the Best Warrior Competition , in which he received second place in his division. He plans to run with his friend Daniel for part of Umstead 100 mile endurance run Saturday April 2.
He says that his biggest thing is “…setting your own goals; it has to be fun or I’m not going to do it. It could be spending time running with someone you care about, or pushing yourself to a new goal. In other words, you have to have the end goal in mind. Once you know how it feels to finish a marathon, you can push through anything.”