Living ultra in a non-ultra world

A friend of mine summed it up well for me yesterday…she said, “Brad, your whole world is an ultra world”.  And, indeed, she was correct.  I am an ultra runner.  I do things to the extreme.  I love a challenge…but it has to be a real challenge.  I don’t do well with small challenges.  I take the phrase ‘go big or go home’ literally.  I’m not going home yet, so I’m living life big.

One of my greatest personal accomplishments is completing a 100 mile run.  I am really glad I did.  It was more than a challenge but I did it.  I also completed an ironman distance tri.  Another big challenge for me.  But, it isn’t just about exercise…it is about life for me.  I want to live my life ultra.  This often causes me to stress and overwhelm myself.  I know this.  I know it when I am doing it.  But, I want to really live life.  So, I don’t just take a spin class, I teach it.  I don’t just take a world religions class, I work on staff for the center.  I like to live life ultra.

Some would say this is a character flaw.  I actually think it makes me who I am and I don’t see that as a flaw.  I like pushing limits and going above and beyond.  When my life is done, I want to have lived life to its fullest…in a good way…in a way that made a difference.  So, that makes me different sometimes.  But, I’m good with that.  I am okay with living ultra in a non-ultra world.

I am thankful to my friend for helping me to put words to it.  I am living my whole life as an ultra!  Time to do it up and hopefully not drive my wife and family crazy in the process!

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