“Put one foot in front of the other and soon you’ll be…….” I changed the words to “getting your big butt up the side of the mountain” as I tried catching my breath in the midst of a run where I gained over 3000’ of altitude gain in just three miles. It was one of those too steep for words grades straight up the side of a mountain where every time you came to a crest you hoped it was the last one only to be disappointed as you lifted your head to see yet another pitch in front of you. The overwhelming feeling when I finally crested the last pitch and saw nothing but flattish ground and trees and even a couple downhills lifted my spirits and made my feet feel like they were floating on air. “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18 Hope is a funny thing you know because it’s such an incredible feeling of expectation and wish for a certain thing to happen. As I continue to push myself past what I believe I am I find that hope is a very sensible thing to possess in abundance because it keeps me able to endure what I am going through.
Hope is what keeps me moving relentlessly forward as I continue to pursue this ultra life.