Twelve Thirty-one Reflection Run

AO: The Ridge

When: 12/31/2020


Number of Pax: 3

Pax Names: Sparkler, Vern,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Spirit

The BackBlast:

At the end of October, I had set out a goal to run 38K to celebrate my 38th birthday. Having a birthday at the end of the year always has me taking stock of the year that passed and thinking ahead to the year that is about to begin. After the year we had in 2020, yesterday was certainly no exception. In fact, it was one of the most enjoyable long runs that I have probably ever had.

My goal was 38K, but I knew I wanted to do more. I told myself that a full marathon would be great, but the reality was I had my eyes on a longer distance…50K (31.1 miles)

I set out to run through the Grande Park and Shenandoah subdivisions. I did this so that others could join in if they wanted to and also because both routes had one important element…bathrooms.

The weather was cold but very calm. In one word…peaceful.

I had the pleasure of finishing my first loop right as Toby’s beatdown was ending and I got to listen in on his awesome COT!

Sparkler and Vern joined me on my second loop and it was great to run with two people in F3 who truly inspire me.


During my run, there was something that I kept thinking about. It was the fact that there were three really good reasons to not be running. They were:

  1. A crazy early start
  2. It was very cold
  3. It was icy.

For 99.9% of people, these three reasons are legit excuses to NOT get out and push yourself. But for the men of F3, these are three reasons to accelerate. Here is why…

  1. A crazy early start means that we value commitment to our mission over the comfort of extra sleep. I am not saying that skimping on sleep is good. What I am saying is that when you are committed to something, you make it work. Even if that means getting up at 3:30 in the morning to get going. If the commitment is there, then there is a willingness to get up and get at it.
  2. The fact that it was cold shows that there is value in being uncomfortable. We live in a 72-degree world. Everything about our existence is comfortable. Comfortable is nice, but it doesn’t push you to get better. When we are out there in the cold there is only one way to fight the discomfort; that is to MOVE!
  3. Being icy outside simply means that we have to sometimes slow down. I intentionally set a slow pace so I simply wouldn’t fall on my ass. In life, there are times to slow down and truly experience the moment that we are in. During those times it can be very peaceful. Also, when running on an icy road you have to take each step with a little faith that you won’t fall down. Sometimes you do slip and fall, but then you get up and keep pushing forward….kind of like in life.

This probably seems a bit deep for a simple run outside. But, I hope someone can resonate with my thoughts. Happy New Year!