Jay, I tell everyone I know about you and your 100 mile run like I know a celebrity!
A few things:
1) Traci is a good, good woman. I hope I can be half as supportive as her to Peter as she is to you, and half as good a mother.
2) The mere fact that you were inspired and supported to do this is like a drop in a pool of water – its ripple is much larger than itself. I’ve actually started running a little bit myself, doing Couch to 5k, and quite a bit when I think I can’t go any more, that my legs just can’t move anymore, I think of Jay and the 100 mile marathon. That usually does it!
3) I did not expect to bawl while reading this. Well… ok, maybe I did, but I was in denial when I started reading. I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years. We all miss your father very much. He was truly one of the good ones. He would be very proud of you (and I’m sure he is). I also hope to be half as good a parent and spouse as he was.
Thanks for posting this- it’s beautifully written, very moving, and most of all inspiring.
Traci is one of my childhood friends. We have many great memories as well as laughs. Even though I couldn’t stop the tears, I loved reading this, you’re an inspiration. I hope someday I can find my nitch as you have. I’ve been in a funk for quite some time and my daughter, who I call T, deserves better. Thank you for the story. Maybe I’ll meet you and Petra on day.
Traci talks about you and your T often. Thank you so much for reading and the nice comments.
wow, very real emotional stuff Jay! awesome! keep running! you are going to do great at Javelina this year!
I will be hitting you up for JJ pointers so I can come within 4 hours of your CR.
Thank you everybody for all the kind comments. It means a lot to me that people have enjoyed my story and every week i will try to bring something new and exciting to the table. I have always loved writing but seeing what everyone is saying it makes me want to get back after writing my book.
With great travesty comes adversity! Love this!!!
That was so beautiful & moving. In some way, I suspected something enormously powerful would compel a person to train & complete this run. I was right & am so very grateful for your generosity in sharing this very personal story. XO
Thank you Julia. I would love it if you signed up for updates in the subscribe section and pass the site along to anyone you think would be interested. Runner or non runner.
Very inspirational Jay. My friend, John Omohundro, shared you site with me. I’m not a runner, however I would love to follow your story and your adventures in Ultra running.
Wow…This is so motivating. Jill and I talk often about how amazing your running is. I love this site and I am looking forward to following your story!
I am very proud of you Jay!
Jay, this is so inspiring. This website is so cool. We’ve shared it with others and will continue to do so. Congratulations on all your accomplishments.
wow jay, this website is great!! i can’t wait to see how it progresses…
i try and get in the gym 3 or 4 times a week and i always run a mile or 2 to start my workout before either getting bored or just not being able to run any more and moving on to another workout. i’ve never been a good long distance runner. i’d like to increase my distance (3, 4, or 5 mile runs would be nice) but i can’t seem to get over the 2-mile hump. any workout tips and suggestions would be much appreciated!!
Okay. Great. Now I am interested in ultras.
Hey the Bell Pass loop is great – just ran it on vacation down there a few weeks ago. Not too steep, but not too flat. Beautiful mountain park.
Catch you on the trails one day.
Jay, congrats today on your great accomplishment. How wonderful it must feel.
Dumb question, but were there days you were sick and still ran?
I did have days when I was sick and I would just change my schedule to run 4 miles on those days. I would just tell myself it’s only 35 minutes so just run and then go back to bed but luckily was never too sick to run 4 miles. One thing I learned was it is easier to do something every day because there is no option unlike the ability to change your rest day.
thank you for sharing. i look forward to someday meeting you on the mountain.
very much inspired,
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I knew of your story through hearing it from mutual friends, but this is the first time I read through it. It seems like an amazing journey you have been through with a very supportive and loving family. It made me cry, smile, and laugh throughout the story. It is very inspiring. I have hiked certain trails in the McDowell’s for many years now as an avid hiker and know its tough but beautiful terrain very well and all the challenges it holds. I had two minor knee surgeries in 2012 so I have spent the last year and a half trying to figure out how to improve on my skills without re-injury. I have always run pieces of the McDowell’s and ran casually, as hiking was my main activity and something I will always enjoy. But I love to challenge myself, and because I hike the McDowell’s so much, just hiking them seems to be not enough for me anymore. so I have began progressing in working toward running more and more of it and seeking to improve upon my running in general. Silly me chose this summer month to begin doing it, so I will be so much more thankful when it begins to cool down.:-) I am at the point of the run/hike struggles you spoke of within your story. It is very motivating for me to hear of how you began and how far you have come. As my husband says,” once you can run Bell Pass and Tom’s Thumb it will make most everything else seem easy.” No matter how long it takes me, I look forward to the day I complete my goals and move on to more and more. I am not so sure I ever want to run 100 miles, but at the same time I am very excited about improving my running skills and once I have strengthened them to my satisfaction I will be working toward a 50K. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so happy for your comeback to feeling true peace and happiness. My warmest regards to you and your family!
Wow Jay. Very inspiring for an aspiring newbie like myself. I’m very glad I read this. This is basically my first year running any kind of distance. So far for 2014 I’ve completed 4 trail marathons and a 50k at the JJ. I have my eyes on the Zane Grey for 2015. 7 months and 30 lbs to go.