Updated: Oct 6, 2020
This past weekend I had the pleasure of going down to Pennsylvania to help my cousin run 34 hours to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He ended up throwing down 121 miles in 34 hours and it was amazing to watch him push his body to the absolute limit.
If you don't know my cousins story check out his episode on my podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1hbh5JHF9WwIRkXP9m7oEK?si=wAlQCzeAQ4OgKqrAc1zi-Q
My cousin has an amazing story where he used running to overcome addiction. In his short time running, he has raced multiple marathons, ultras, and he just conquered 100 miles which is the pinnacle of ultra running.
Jordan's story and running success inspired me to lace up my shoes and start running a couple years ago. Running has been a lifesaver for me as well and I would've never had the courage to consistently get out the door and run without his support.
This weekend was no different. My cousin showed that the human body is limitless. The only limits that we have are the ones that we self construct on ourselves.
Jordan came out hard on Saturday at 6:00am. He threw down 50 miles in 10 hours and ended up reaching 100 miles in 23 hours. My father and I got to the course on Sunday morning at 6:00am, 24 hours into the run, and Jordan was exhausted. I didn't think he'd be able to continue moving, but he never gave up even after a day of running and no sleep.
I ended up doing 9 miles with him Sunday morning and I could tell he was in severe pain, but he was relentless and didn't stop moving forward. It was amazing to watch someone be able to take so much pain and never give up.
We all have the ability to go beyond what we think we can do. Challenges are painful, but this weekend proves that we can keep going when we feel we have nothing left.
Jordan made a goal and he stuck with it. A lot of people would've folded when the intense pain set in, but not my cousin. He's an absolute beast and I'm proud to say he's related to me. Watching him take the pain this weekend for an amazing cause was an experience I'll never forget.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for Jordan's running career. He inspires me everyday to keep pushing when I want to stop so I can't thank him enough for that reason.
The pain he endured was for a great cause. He raised close to $2,000 for the lifesaving work that St. Jude does everyday for families in need. If you'd like to donate please visit https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=122933&px=6744135&pg=personal