I guess I should first announce that I’m intending to run across New Hampshire, or more accurately perhaps, down New Hampshire. I had hopes for several endurance experiences during the 2020 calendar year and the realities of the Covid-19 situation has necessitated changing many of those plans.
Leading into June, I wanted to bike, hike, and run the length of my home state in sampling of many of the experiences I enjoy so well. This would have led into the Future In Sight Walk for Sight which is, I believe, being reinvented as I write this.
Instead, I’ve altered the plan to run the entirety of the state by use of the mapping ability on my programmable elevation treadmill. Scenes will unfurl on the video screen in front of my sightless eyes but the hills will raise and lower the track as I start my journey on the Canadian border. I’ll run the entire 210 miles from Pittsburgh through my hometown of Colebrook and on to my present home and birthplace of Nashua. Starting on my wife’s birthday, May 9, and intending to run 7-15 miles each successive day, I will stop at key points along the route.
Here is where I would welcome your involvement. It’s a big state and my run is already underway. I have many meaningful moments along this route and will share some of these in my regular posting of updates. If my path takes me near to you or near enough to a place you are willing to meet me, I’d like to use this experience as a chance to reconnect or strengthen my friendships along the way. I’d love to arrange a call, an email, or whatever means allows us to connect the day of my reaching a particular area, perhaps your home or business, perhaps a favorite mountain or a restaurant we should ensure receives a visit when times are a little different than now.
It might make sense to arrange our connection the day before or to plan for it by having you reach out to me on social media, this blog, my email or whatever means inspires you. Every connection is a little more inspiration for me. It’s some points of reflection for the many miles I’ll be undertaking, and it’s yet another means for me to connect and be active in meaningful ways during this time which requires me to be particularly vigilant for my health.
I’m going to run these miles and share the experience in ways I hope will add meaning and connection. Whether you follow the progress in some fashion or participate is up to you. It is the way of so many things during this time, the choices we make and how we respond are largely up to us. Even when there are restrictions in place, the response to those is ours to choose. Much as I learned in my journey into blindness, it is far more valuable and rewarding for me to choose the things which have me actively doing all the things I wish albeit in different ways than I may have originally intended. I intend for a little support from some of you to help me make it through this journey and I’ll be checking each day to see who might choose to join me along the way.