NOTHING IS GUARANTEED IN THIS LIFE.
None of us truly know how our life will unfold. We can plan all we want, take all the "right" actions, manage risk and so much more, yet we could die in a moment's notice. Or a global pandemic could change the course of everything we thought we knew.
One of the ways many peoples' lives change is when they are diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia. Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease that only takes away. It takes memories, mental clarity, personality, emotions, energy, abilities, and much of what we consider makes us human.
Alzheimer's slowly took my Grandma, Harriet, from our family during a 13 year battle. Grandma passed away in September 2020 and while her battle was not the situation anyone envisioned, she still managed to spread joy to everyone she knew and teach us about the wonders and complexities of life.
This run is to honor her incredible life and raise money for the Alzheimer's Association to help the millions of other families affected by the disease.
- Circumnavigating Lake Michigan on foot, leaving and ending in Chicago starting March 14, 2021
- Over 1,100 miles in 36 days (~31 miles a day)
- Living out of an RV
- One other person to drive and be the sole support crew
- Completely plant-based vegan diet
- Partnering with local & national businesses
Are you interested in helping sponsor my run, whether financially, with gear, or another way? Click below to get in touch!
ULTRA RUNNER & ADVENTURER | CHICAGO, IL
I believe we are all capable of so much more than we think. Each and every one of us has huge reserves of untapped potential waiting to be discovered. My first true glimpse into this potential came in 2017 when I quit my [soul-sucking] sales job and embarked on a nine-month solo backpacking trip through Asia.
During my travels I learned the greatest growth in my life happened the more I sought discomfort, adversity, and challenge. Upon returning in 2018, I signed up for my first half-marathon despite never running more than a 5k. Crossing the finish line, I vividly remember thinking, "I can't possibly imagine doing double this distance... no way I could ever do a full marathon!"
Yet, I couldn't ignore the fact that I had accomplished something that previously felt impossible for me. I asked myself, "What else am I leaving on the table because of fear, uncertainty, or doubt?" Six months later, I completed a 30 mile run at my first trail ultra. I've now completed 10 ultramarathons, including a 50-miler at Monument Valley (pictured) and 505 miles in 31 consecutive days, but I'm hungrier than ever.
I'm hungry to continue seeking my "impossibles," whether in athletics or other areas of life. I'm hungry to grow through discomfort. Hungry to see the beauty of the world and learn what it's trying to teach us. Hungry to develop into my best self and choose life, because we never know when our time is up...