An Interview with Harvey Lewis, Greg Armstrong and Gene Dykes
When I interviewed Harvey Lewis, Greg Armstrong and Gene Dykes prior to the Quaratine Backyard Ultra, I had no idea how big this event would turn out to be.
I underestimated just how many ultra runners out there were missing races cancelled in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Over 2000 runners eventually registered for the event. Many more thousands followed it online.
When All Else Fails Run Your Marathon On A Treadmill
A couple of years ago, I had a chance to interview JP after he completed the World Marathon Challenge - 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 different continents. (Listen to that interview here: JP Caudill Episode 45).
Last weekend I caught up with JP Caudill just a week after he'd run his cancelled Shamrock Marathon on a treadmill. Many of us have had our races cancelled in response to the Covid 19 virus. JP made the decision to tackle his cancelled race on the treadmill.
It was a 2-hour drive from the airport to the guesthouse where our Honduras team stayed. On that drive, taking everything in I could, two things became clear to me.
First and foremost, watching the late afternoon chapters of the Honduran people's lives roll along on the other side of the van windows, I knew I was witnessing the heart and soul of poverty. I have read about poverty, seen pictures of it, intellectually grasped it, but in that moment I could feel just how protected I'd been from everything I'd learned about it.
The Soles4Souls tagline is "wearing out poverty." I've been intrigued by it since the first time I heard it. To me, it acknowledges solving poverty isn't a drop and go proposition. It involves relentlessly showing up, lifting up, building up - it involves a passionate I believe you can do this and not the shallower I'm so sorry you're in this.
My wife is a photographer. I always say she takes pictures with a picture already in her head of what she wants to capture. Me - I pull the trigger on my camera with no earthly idea of what's about to be produced. I simply snap the shutter with hopes that if I snap it enough times, I'll capture something meaningful.
Over the last 4 articles, I've shared some of my thoughts about my trip to Honduras. I know those thoughts are incomplete. I've left stuff out maybe I should have included; more thoughts and reflections will undoubtedly hit me in the days and weeks ahead.
But as soon as possible after my trip, I wanted to capture my reflections. Definitely as a way of remembering, but more importantly, to help inform the life paths I choose going forward.