Dan first noticed he had decent sprinting speed during recess in elementary school. He competed in Track during this time briefly and then ran cross country in high school. Dan joined the Marine Corps shortly afterwards and ran only when he had to and preferred to lift heavy weights instead. He had to run 3 miles for the annual physical fitness test and had a personal best of 19:00 flat while at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA.
Dan settled down after the Corps and one can say he lost his way. He made all the wrong decisions regarding diet, lack of physical fitness, and negative toxic additions. While 70 pounds heavier and with a variety of health issues, he became determined to pull himself together. He started running 5k’s and 10k’s and connected with Sarah Shafer again after a brief stint as work out partners while stationed together. She believed that he was capable of so much more. At that point, Dan quit all negative additions (drugs, alcohol, smoking) and started training more consistently. Within a year, he completed his first half marathon, full marathon, then a 50K. The next year he completed his first 50 Mile race. At that point Dan realized that limitations and anxieties are all embedded in our heads. Running has become a positive addiction and drug of choice. It’s really not about the PR, the medal, or even a potential 100 mile buckle anymore. It’s about letting go of your past demons while pushing through your self-imposed limitations and enjoying the beauty this world offers one step at a time. It only gets better by sharing this experience with family and friends.