"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Let me introduce...my SPARTATHLON CREW!
(Athens, Greece. Picture of Scott Jurek in the window of ACE Rental Car)
Family and friends are the most important things in my life. Through good times and tough times, true friendships endure. And what is success or any experience if it can't be shared with another person? Our relationships give meaning to our lives.
I have been truly blessed with phenomenal people in my life. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for those who have cared for and supported me in my life and all the changes it sometimes brings.
It is an absolute JOY that I am in Greece with super friends. We are vacationing together until the race and then they will be on my support team for the run. Thank you Tim, Glenn and Allison!
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!