- joshruns180RACE #144: Riverton Half Marathon; April 8, 2017 (3:05:11)
Did you know that on average 144 people lose their lives DAILY to opiate addiction? These are our brothers, sisters, parents, family, friends and neighbors. Utah is no exception to this opidemic.
This week, Coach Blu challenged us Addict II Athlete athletes to show these 144 people the lives they're missing not living a life of sobriety.
He wants us flood social media with the hashtag #144 with the moments they're missing out on in life.
It was no coincidence that Coach would ask us this week, the week of my 144th race in my 180 goal. I've stopped believing in coincidences with Blu.
So I made the decision to dedicate this run to the 144. I wanted to dedicate it to the family and friends I've lost to addiction. I wanted to dedicate it to my AIIA family.
So I set out to run it in silence. Which I almost did. I muttered a few "thank yous" at aid stations and a couple hellos, but I just kept to myself with my heart and mind on the meaning of this run.
The rain was persistent nearly throughout the whole race. I had soggy feet and cold hands. But, I didn't care. My heart and mind took my attention elsewhere.
It was a very emotional run for me. Especially as neared the finish line. I kept repeating in my head, "You are a Warrior! You have erased and replaced your addictions. Your mess is message." All mottos of the AIIA team.
After crossing the finish line and grabbing a few bananas, I just sat in my car for a while and kind of wept. It was a lot of emotion to process for me.
I want this run -- and my journey -- to hopefully be a beacon for someone, anyone, to have the courage to take that first step toward a better life.
That's one reason why I share so much of my journey on my blog and social media. I know if I can do hard and difficult things like 50 milers and Marathons -- others do hard and difficult things too. And, sometimes it takes someone else sharing their light to ignite that spark.
If you struggle with addiction and you need help ... REACH OUT! Life is too beautiful to let it pass by. #race144 #rivertonhalf #running @fight4phat @joshruns180 @josherwalla @addicttoathlete
- kristianjolsenGreat recap. Very inspirational.
- joshruns180@kristianjolsen thanks!