Every ultrarunner has a unique story. This sport is full of fascinating personalities, deep in wisdom and truly experienced in the grand adventure of life. While we all come from different backgrounds, we often develop a commonality and closeness through the prodigious undertaking of ultramarathons. Despite our particularities, a common thread of experience takes place when someone first transforms into an ultrarunner.
From the commitment of that first race to the triumphant elation of overcoming fears and personal challenges, we gradually evolve into something stronger and more capable. That common experience is one shared by almost all of us in this sport. The drive to push the body beyond normal limitations is a profound trait of ultra-endurance athletes and one that unifies this community. Jay Danek is an ultrarunner. He earned that title the same way all of us did. Jay then took his unique story…his personal and heartfelt story about his transformation and published it a book called, “Got to Live”.
In Got to Live, Jay speaks candidly about his personal life and experiences in ultrarunning. A tragic personal loss brings Jay into a gripping period of depression. He suffers from grief and lets his health spiral out of control. Desperate for personal change, Jay takes to the local hills and develops a passion for trail running. His body and mind begin to strengthen. He develops a new outlook on life and pursues ultrarunning as therapy.
Throughout his transformation, Jay shares his struggles in his first few ultras. He comes face to face with many of the common challenges of our sport. From heat exhaustion and dehydration, Jay suffers through some races and battles with nausea and mental boundaries. All the while, Jay’s development is supported by his family and he learns to tap into love as a boundless source of physical strength.
Got to Live is a true story. It’s a story of one ultrarunner. As you read Got to Live you will feel as though you are running along a soft desert trail alongside Jay as he shares his story with you.
You can purchase a copy of Got to Live at this link.
In the comments below, I invite you to share a brief version of your transformation. Have you overcome grief through resilience in ultrarunning? How does this sport make you better? From your comments, I will be selecting two (2) winners to receive a signed copy of Jay’s book, “Got to Live”. Jay will send you the book direct as a thank you for your time and willingness to share with us.
As always…Run long and prosper!