This was my last run of 2016, 41 degrees and windy and I loved every step. 2016 started with me on top of the world, but through some heartbreak and setbacks during early spring I was then challenged to either stay down or get up and do something about it. I chose to rise again.
If not for the bad times of 2016 I would not be doing this film and pushing myself to qualify for Boston for 2018. Running and the arts have once again saved me. The spirit of other artists have saved me, the spirit of other runners have too saved me. It was through their determination that I found myself saying 'No, this is not where I stop. I will keep going.'
This year taught me a lot, and more importantly showed me that perhaps being 'On a Mission' was bigger than I had realized. It was pounding the streets of Boston from February through May that this was born. Working out what was on my mind during the spiritual act of running. Getting to The Boston Marathon was a pipe dream as most of my endeavors seem to start life as. But if not for the ‘what if’ moments then where would any of us be?
I do have my work cut out for me for 2017 and the effort needed is sobering to say the least. But I like a challenge. Thank you to all that have supported me in 2016. I ended the year at 715.19 miles and going for over 1000 in 2017. I’m still ‘On a Mission’.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.