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The Accidental Ultra-Runner

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I feel like my feet are shuffling close to the edge of a cliff.  The anxiety and anticipation courses through my body like electric ants, scattering into the deepest reaches of my limbs.  Closer and closer I near the end of the land I stand on and what I see as a great expanse of openness before me.  I am not as much scared as I am caught in a metaphysical web of wonderment.  I have this feeling, a sense, that I have touched this before, yet so unfamiliar I have no way of describing it or putting it into words.  I will cross the lip of the material world and plunge into the vastness of my own being to find out just exactly who I am.  There is a part of me that is fearful to find out who the real me is and a part of me that is excited to learn the boundaries that I can push my body, my mind and spirit to.  I have been truly blessed with an opportunity to be a part of a movement that is far greater than my own individual contribution.  The MS Run The US project fell at my feet like a fallen leaf, passing before my eyes and settling to the ground.   I was struck by its uniqueness enough to stop and inspect it further.  I am not sure what led me to turn around to pluck it from the ground, for I had seen this natural occurrence thousands of times before…but this time it caused me to pause.  Once I touched it, I knew this was different, this was special, it had the imprints of love, of family, of purpose…I was amazed, my breath was taken for an instant.  I turned the leaf over and I saw the face of a lone champion and her mother, the spirit, the inspiration, and the raw fiery ember that fuels MS Run The US.  Still amazed that I had found this treasure I looked up at the tree this gift had fallen from and rustling in the winds were the gleaming faces of a growing community, an army of foot soldiers, brothers and sisters who are bound and determined to edge their own feet closer to the void, in the name of MS Run The US  to create a groundswell of support, awareness, and compassion for all those that suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.  As I step off the concrete foundation of what I know and fall into a new understanding of my life and my potential I will hold tightly in my hand and in my heart that leaf I serendipitously found and I will do something important, I will be important, and I will strive to make a difference in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

  • by Adam Towle
  • posted at 12:33 PM
  • March 15, 2013