HEALTH AND WELLNESS
A few weeks ago a client of mine suggested that I watch the documentary, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young. The Barkley Marathons was inspired over 30 years ago by an assassin’s attempt to escape from a Tennessee prison. The race consists of a 100-mile-long course through the Tennessee back country of Frozen Head State Park. This is not your everyday trail run. The course is a 20-mile looped run that must be completed five times, running each loop in the opposite direction. Sixty miles is considered the “fun run.” Each year 40 or fewer people try to complete this 60,000-vertical-foot course in under 60 hours. Runners come from all over the world come to attempt this grueling race. There is no entry fee, but your application must be chosen. The course is barely marked, other than several “book” checkpoints along the way, where you rip the page number from the book that matches your bib number. These pages have to be submitted at the completion of each loop. Crazy, right? Maybe, but while watching the documentary, the story of one young college student had me thinking.
This particular runner lost his dad a few years prior to the race. His dad had been working hard his whole career and saving up to travel and live life with his mom once he retired. However, he never made it to see that day. So this kid began to explore the world and became a bit of an adventure seeker, hiking and racing trails. His thought: Live life now because later may not come. So many of us are busy and on the go with our routines and being responsible now so that we can live life later. Why not live a little now? You may be too old later to truly enjoy what is out there.
According to the dictionary, adventure is an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. This can mean something different to everyone. What is risky or scary to me may be quite different to you. What I am suggesting is that you step outside of your comfort zone, explore something new, take risks and set your limits high. Whether it’s with your job, your relationship or your family life, move from the predictable and mundane and ignite that spark again. Start simple, like trying a new food, learning a new language, or dropping the spring break repeat to Florida and exploring a place that you have never seen. For me, maybe I will take the Barkley Marathons Challenge if chosen!
What would you do? Let us know!