It started with a choice. Am I ready to make a change that is going to make a positive impact on my life? There was no need for hesitation. I told my wife I would be running with her that day. I didn’t think about making sure I found the right clothes or shoes. I knew finding my running shoes that I had moved from house to house over the last ten years would take to long. I through on a pair of hiking shoes that were there in the closet, grabbed a water bottle off the counter and headed for the door. Like that I was off. No stretching or build up. I knew I needed to eliminate the opportunity to find an excuse to delay that run. It would be hard no matter what I did to prepare. I had not even so much as put on a pair of running shoes in over ten years. And, I can tell you it was every bit as difficult as I knew it would be. I didn’t make it a quarter mile before my knees started to hurt. Half mile it was my hips. But I knew this was it. I was doing it. I focused on my breathing and just threw one leg forward then the other. Id like to tell you that eventually it got easier and I found my stride. It was not one of those experiences. But what came to me is that I knew I was doing something that make a positive impact on my life. I could turn my brain off and just be present in where I was. Instead of the pain going away my mind (and soul) began to welcome it. It was the simplicity of it that was refreshing. No gear or preparation was needed. Just put on a pair of shoes and walk out the door. With the whirlwind of my business and family life this is what I needed. That is when the ideas began to flow. I knew the newness would wear off and the intensity of my drive would fade so I needed a goal to work towards. Something big enough that it scared me and that was much higher than level I was at. That’s where the idea to run a 100 mile ultra marathon came from.