Hello everyone, my name is Mike Russell. I only began running 2 years ago, before than running was never a part of my life. I grew up doing whatever action filled sport/ activity I could get myself involved in. I was mainly surrounded by skateboarding and snowboarding. I was very competitive in these sports for several years, that was until I began getting injuries each year. At that point I decided I needed a change, so I began rock climbing, slacklining, and hiking.
I believe the hiking was my gateway to running, just seeing all the natural beauty of the trail systems and how peaceful it always is when you're out there for hours alone. I began setting goals for running and they where only small ones, like running some local 5, 10km runs. My main goal was to run the cape to cabot road race which is 20km of very technical road running.
So I began running and training all year long, and even through the winter. I started to notice my tolerance for the sport get higher and my milege was growing. I knew at this point I have found something that I loved. I managed to reach my main goals of running the local races and distances I wanted to achieve, Now I wanted bigger and harder goals.
This is what leads me to where I am now, Running Ultra Marathons. My first Ultra was actually the Barkley Fall Classic 50km event. This changed me big time, and showed me how deep one can dig into themselves to find the courage and strength to accomplish, what to the normal eye seems impossible. I have become such a stronger person since that race, and now every day i set out for a run i make sure it challenges me in some sort of a way. Always set goals, sometimes the goals will seem impossible but thats good. Doubt will make you stronger, you just have to fight harder for what you want. Than the end goal will be life changing.
If your going to face a real challenge, it has to be a real challenge. You cant accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.