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Be OUTSTANDING!

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Be Outstanding.
Outstanding is different than good. It's different than great. Good may start at 7 am, great at 5 am, Outstanding starts at 3 am, 2 am. You cannot rest. You cannot stop because you are so convicted.

"To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine.
Why does the standard need to be so high? Because that is what we are capable of. When you're Outstanding, you're going to be uncomfortable. We live in a life where we think comfort is the goal. It's not! Wrong! We have climate controlled environments, we have cars, we have telecommunication that give us instant feedback. Life is not supposed to be comfortable. Not if we are living an Outstanding life. Nothing great is easy. There are no short-cuts in this life. 
In order to be Outstanding, you are going to need to dream. You are going to need to have epic dreams, grandiose dreams, bigger than you have ever thought; dreams that are going to scare you to your core. Dreams t…

Lend a hand

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Sometimes the most difficult thing a person can do is to ask for help. Ironically, many times when the request comes, we think we are too busy to help our family, friend or colleague who is vulnerable and asking for support.
I recently found myself in a situation I could not fathom and my back was up against the wall. There was no way out, and I needed the help of every person I knew, and didn't know. My requests for help became pleas for support and aid. I was desperate.
To my surprise, some people who I thought were very close to me, were actually very distant. In response to my request for help, one person told me "if this is an emergency, call 911." Another friend told me his travel schedule - I think that was an indirect way of telling me he was busy with work. A couple of other people never responded. I didn't have time to internalize the hurt or disappointment of this behavior, I had to try to solve the situation that was before me.
The majority of my friends…

Your "truth" will set you free

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This past weekend I got the rare opportunity to crew somebody who was running a 100 mile race. Usually, I am the runner who has other people supporting me. This weekend, the roles were reversed and I experienced something magnificent. I witnessed humanity at its finest, and this blog is about that experience.

The runner was well trained for this race, had assembled a capable support crew (team), and was an experienced ultra-runner. She also had an aggressive time goal of running a sub-24 hour trail 100 mile race. She had a plan to run "easy" up until mile 75, then move quickly in runnable sections to finish with a sub-24 hour race. As the race started, she was excited, injury free and fit. She ran through the first section perfect according to her plan - 3 hours and 15 minutes. She achieved the second aid station at mile 23.5 within a couple minutes of her plan. The third aid station was right on plan and aid station 4 at mile 44.5 was right on plan as well - a smidge over …

My first mentor: Bill Lucero

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Tonight I was re-reminded how important mentors are in our lives. I have had many mentors in my life for many different areas including business, running, family, faith, blindness and relationships.  However, I will never forget my first mentor, and I was his first mentee.  When I was in law school, the Bar Association matched law school students with local attorneys. I was matched with Bill Lucero, who was an Assistant Denver District Attorney at the time. I thought Bill was going to mentor me about how to be a good attorney; as it turns out, he was a mentor about how to live an outstanding life.

Several weeks ago, Bill invited me to attend the 27th Annual DU Law Stars event, where he was being honored with the Robert H McWilliams, Jr. Professionalism Award. He told me that I had been important in his life, and he wanted me to sit with his family at the event. This man has been a hero of mine in so many ways. As the night's program began, I thought about the traits that this man…

2 NEW World Records -100k (Trail) and 50 mile (Trail) for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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RUNNING BLIND: 2019 Leadville 100 Race Report & MORE

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This race report has been a long time coming - it has been close to 3 1/2 weeks since I ran the Leadville 100 Trail race. My stats for this race are 6 starts with 5 finishes. This year, I had the lofty goal of trying to finish in under 25 hours to earn the coveted "Big Buckle". Usually, less than 10% of the starters of the race are able to successfully earn a Big Buckle. No blind person has ever earned a Big Buckle, and I'm the only known blind person to have finished the Leadville 100 Trail Run.

TRAINING I made the Leadville 100 my "A-Race" for the year - meaning, I wasn't racing multiple 100 milers, or crazy adventuring during the 8 months prior to Leadville.  My plan was to be able to "run" the entire 100 miles - where the terrain was runnable. I incorporated several 50 mile runs every 2 weeks into my training. I also ran a couple 100 mile races early in the year to build a solid base. with 2 months to go, I incorporated mountain and altitude …

NO LONGER AN OUTSIDER: FEELING ACCEPTED

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This morning was walking to the local coffee shop in Leadville, Colorado to get a morning pick-me-up. En route, I passed the Leadville Race Administrative building. I decided to pop-in and see if any familiar faces were around. As soon as I opened the door somebody said, “Hi Jason!” Within seconds a figure appeared, walking towards me. It was Quinn Cooper, a LifeTime Fitness employee who is responsible for all the logistics of the Leadville Race Series, and a multitude of other LifeTime athletic events. We hugged, caught up, and before departing I wanted to reconfirm with Quinn that I would be having Guides as I attempt to complete the Leadville 100 Trail Race this weekend. I told Quinn that I had “GUIDE” bibs and vests that they would wear. Quinn said, “Don’t worry about that. I ordered ‘Guide’ bibs for your guides.”
I was silenced.
I couldn’t process what Quinn’s words meant. All I had to do was just show up and run. They knew my condition, and the accommodations I needed. They knew I…