Run for the Fallen

Why do you run?

There are so many of us who would like to but don’t, can’t, won’t, would, or will. Just seeing someone running on the sidewalk can be inspiring! You never know who you’re reaching simply by “being the change you want to see.”

I started running ultra-marathons a few years back and have, for the most part, let go of numbers. Miles don’t, normally, blow my mind the way they used to. Whenever someone says they’re “running 100 miles” for this or that, I tend to forget what a freaky thing this looks like. I take myself back to the time when I realized there was a significant amount of people running much farther than the typical marathon distance. My thoughts at the time?

That’s insane…That’s dangerous…Why?….!?&& That!

Then, I was drawn right in (lol). But let’s not, at all, discount the power of that sidewalk runner we see from the car. Just being someone who picks yourself up and takes control of your health can inspire the person next to you; then that person aspires to change and pass it on, etc, etc. This is why running is inspiring – it makes for good headlines in a modern world where most of us are struggling with our weight and our life’s fulfillment – even though that last one can be hard to admit to.

So, if you’re a runner, don’t fail to see your magic powers. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. Know that you’re out there doing something a lot of us secretly only dream about. Running is such a natural, human way of expressing gratitude – gratitude for being able to breathe, having legs, and just being ALIVE! We can run for those who cannot, or no longer possess the ability to express this simple act of gratitude. Maybe the aforementioned people are crippled for life, maybe they merely believe they cannot, maybe they’re no longer with us at all.

This Friday I’m going to get on a plane, fly into Denver, get picked up by my boy Chad, sleep a few hours, then hit the pavement – banging out mile-after-mile for a charity called Run for the Fallen. In the organization’s own words:

 

We run one mile to honor and remember each fallen hero.

Regardless of war or conflict, branch of service or method of death,

we ultimately run for them all, honoring their service and sacrifice,

and remembering that they each gave up a future so that

we could have ours.

We give tribute to them by name wherever possible

and to the sacrifice of the families they left behind.

 

The guy I’m doing this with is Chad Prichard – my friend, Herren Project Teammate, a Father, and Combat Veteran. There is an epic article written about his story from combat zone to his disastrous homecoming, followed by his fight from addict to athlete.

And who’s this guy in the photo? That’s Woody! Woody is Chad’s service dog. I took this photo a few months ago while we were running at Cape Cod during the Herren Project Ambassador retreat.
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CORun4Fallen/
Website: www.colorado.runforthefallen.org
Donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign-manager/manage/scottwaldrop/colorado-run-for-the-fallen-2019

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