The Courage to Try

A lot of people have been asking me how happy I was when I finished the 260 Mile Canada to Connecticut Run. I’m not going to lie...I was really freakin happy. I was thankful to be done and escape the ultra in relatively decent shape. In the days following the trip, I thought back to the different parts of the run as well as the highs and lows I experienced along the journey. The run was hard, but for me getting to the finish line wasn’t my proudest moment of the trip. The moment of the trip that I treasure the most was toeing the Canadian Border right before we began our journey south to Bloomfield, CT.


Battling through the hard times over the course of the week was hard. I‘m not going to lie...I cried a lot, I didn’t think I could go on, and then I found another gear in my broken body. Despite this, none of the pain I experienced would’ve been possible without having the courage to get on the start line knowing what I was about to put my body through.

The toughest part of most journeys is having the courage to take the first step. Once you’re on the road, you’ve begun the journey. The unknown is just as it sounds: NOT KNOWN so I believe the toughest part of the journey is beginning and committing to the path knowing that the hard times lie ahead.


If you have a goal, have the courage to get to the start line. When you step on the line, you’ve taken the first step to success. That’s an accomplishment in itself because you’ve begun to put your dreams into action.

If you want to lose weight, start with one healthy meal. If you want to improve your skill set, go do the training that the skill requires. If you like someone, don’t be afraid to speak up and express your feelings. These are the first steps to reaching your dreams and without getting on the start line, the dream will never come true.

Seek out your goals, figure out the first step, and toe the start line on the race to your dreams!


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Tanner Kern is a 22 year content creator and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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