It is currently April 15, and I just did 15 miles (120 miles in total)!! I’m halfway through the days of April but nowhere near halfway through the miles that I need to complete this challenge! 465 miles in total by the end, if I make it that far! My body hurts. I’m tired, and I am doubting my bodies abilities to complete it. “But isn’t that the point”, my wife asks me, “this is why you're doing this, to push yourself.” As usual, my wife was right. I needed a purpose, a job, you could say. This has got me consumed, and I am loving every minute of it. Planning my next run, setting alarm clocks at 4:30am to get those miles in and home be in time to care for my two year old son, Henry, so that my wife can get her work done.
Back in March I put it out there that I was taking on this challenge and had a huge response from people wanting to join me in this. Clearly, I was not the only one that needed this.
The amount of people that smashed the challenge is overwhelming. My job has not really changed! The Spartan courses that I set give people the opportunity to test themselves through an obstacle course and the Hammond Challenge has given everyday athletes of all abilities an option to push their body’s to the limits. It’s amazing to see.
The goal initially was to challenge myself and to finish something, but I've realized that this is not just about me. It’s about encouraging people to keep active, connected and motivated in this very strange time, and that has turned out to be a huge bonus.