Running – Marathons – Ultra Marathons and Eating Elephants


One foot

One stride

One mile

At a time

I’m not even sure where this I came up with mantra, but it works.

No matter the situations I’ve faced in my life I’ve tried to keep them in perspective.  From my early days in the military when my primary duty was aircraft maintenance ensuring our tail number made its mission take off time.  To later in my career where I was responsible for our Special Operations Unit meeting the deployment time lines, I’ve kept it simple.

eatinganelephant

I’ve blogged about this simple thought process before.  “How do you eat an elephant, one bite at a time.”

The same approach applies to running and racing.  Whether I’m in the last leg of a fast 5k, the last miles of an Ultra or the last set of hill repeats, how do I ensure I finish?  One bite at a time…

One foot

One stride

One mile

At a time

13226746_1237562866254867_7126512203488526329_n (2)(Finishing the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim run
was a test in eating the elephant)

The next time you find yourself struggling with running or anything life throws at you remember this thought.  The next time your lungs are on fire.  The next time your legs are heavy.  The next time you’re about to give up.

Eat the elephant

One bite at a time

“If I knew it was going to be this hard, I would have done it a long time ago.”

David Clarke,  Badwater 135 and Multiple Leadville Trail 100 Finisher