• 365whitetail

    Inspiration personified! Thank you for providing for the hunting community a perfect example of the possibilities that come with commitment. Your efforts and achievements will cause all boats to rise with the tide. It’s is an encouragement to see individuals who refuse to get caught up with give up. Great post … great motivation … great run! Thanks for sharing Mark! (Please don’t enter us in the drawing … already have some WA) 

  • 365whitetail

    Inspiration personified! Thank you for providing for the hunting community a perfect example of the possibilities that come with commitment. Your efforts and achievements will cause all boats to rise with the tide. It’s is an encouragement to see individuals who refuse to get caught up with give up. Great post … great motivation … great run! Thanks for sharing Mark! (Please don’t enter us in the drawing … already have some WA) 

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Randy. I certainly don’t think everyone should run, but I do think that each of us should do hard things. We should all be working towards something that feels like it is more than we are capable of. This race was that thing for me.

  • Way to conquer the Chubb! What a great way to get in shape for hunting season as well as not giving up. Way to push through and keep going. It’s the same way with hunting, push through and keep going. I like the way you related you race to hunting. Great story and great race! Congrats Mark!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Dustin!

  • Tradair1980

    Awesome man , trail running is awesome and is some of the best hunting prep a guy could do … Great write up and keep hammering !

  • Tradair1980

    Awesome man , trail running is awesome and is some of the best hunting prep a guy could do … Great write up and keep hammering !

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you!  Trail running is definitely great preparation for hunting…in more ways than one.

  • Very Cook Mark! Glad you exceeded your expectations! It’s been very encouraging to follow along with you as you have made this life change. . .  But man I would have been pissed if I they told me to go back and run another loop after I had seen that finish line takes some true will power to get back in there and get it done.  Congrats again buddy!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Will!  I definitely wasn’t happy.  I can’t believe that they had a turn that wasn’t marked.

  • Stoked that you hammered out a great run. I’m with Will, I’d have been more than a little angry had they told me to turn around. You handled it well and still hammered a great time. Just finishing is quite the accomplishment!  Way to go! (No need to enter me in the contest as I have tried WA and I need to get some!)

    • SoleAdventure

      I realized that my explanation of the giveaway wasn’t clear enough, which I have fixed now.  The WA giveaway isn’t for a sample, it is for a 30 serving supply of Energy & Focus.  Good luck to all!

  • Kevin

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! Your hard-work has paid off. Thank you for another excellent, inspiring post. Your story will definitely help motivate me in my training. Thanks again.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Kevin! Good luck in your training!

  • Phil Spradley

    I said it before, and I’m sure I will say it again in the future, but I am super proud of you and you truly are an inspiration.  I look forward to hitting the trail with you soon.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Phil! Let’s get out there soon!

  • Steve Speck

    Mark,
    Congrats man on the finishing the race and beating a time you thought was not possible.  To me that feeling of pushing harder than you thought you could ever go and coming to the finish line is like an addictive drug.  The Self satisfaction of knowing you gave everything you had to the task at hand and coming out victorious (however you measure that) on the other side is as good as it gets.  I am sure you have already forgotten about the pain and are looking forward to the next challenge!

    • SoleAdventure

      You called it, Steve! That feeling is addicting, like a drug. Bring on the next challenge indeed!

  • Great story! I’m with Will and Al, I think at that point of being told to turn around I’d have been a little more than annoyed. Great job at turning it around though and still pushing through to set a great time! Congratulations again!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Justin!

  • Mark, awesome job! It takes a lot to overcome that kind of deflation when you think you’re done and keep going, reach down for a little more and find that extra gear at the end. As you know I’m not much of a runner, but I’ve road marched 15+ miles and the kick in the gut from the false hope that the barracks is just over the next hill can be devastating, then you dig in and step it out and the next thing you know, there’s the finish. It’s a really rewarding feeling. Way to go, man. 

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Neil! I bet a 15+ mile march wasn’t easy…especially if you were rucking with gear!

  • archerykid96

    That sounds like a great activity!!! I’m a 15yo archer and just started really actively taking a look at my fitness… I’m doing P90X now in hopes to truly improve my health and fitness! These runs look like soooo much fun, and I’d love to be involved in one sometime! Thanks for sharing!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Good luck with the P90X! I wish I started bowhunting when I was 15…keep after it!