|My friend Stacey, me and Jonathan at Frosty 50 K 2010|
He ran his first race, a half marathon in 1997 and then signed up for the London marathon. He remembers hardly being able to walk for a week after his first half marathon. Somehow he wanted to keep going and signed up for the London marathon, in which he did very well. He has gone on to do many marathons and ultras and place in many.
After moving to the US, he started running more marathons and, later, found that he really enjoyed the ultra-marathon scene. Recently he volunteered for the Umstead Ultra 100 mile race, he was at the last 12.5 mile lap aid station and a lady came in to the aid station close to the limit of time provided, Jonathan says she was crying, and had very blistered feet, she wanted them bandaged and was determined to finish. He says she finished with only 15 minutes to spare for the cut off. He said that inspired him!
Jonathan believes that achieving something big, like an ultra-marathon, changes who we are and how we view life and its other challenges.
|“Having something to fight for or overcome is an essential part of who we are.”|
He says that “ humans have a need for challenge”, he uses the analogy of a caged lion It is feed well cared for but bored, whereas a lion in the wild has to struggle and fight for food etc. So he says, you have a choice.... You can decide to remain caged or run in the Savannah, the latter can be tough but is much more rewarding.
I think it is fitting to end with a quote he relayed by Descartes, “don’t mistake comfort for happiness”. Thank you Jonathan for again motivating us to get outside our comfort zones!