Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wahsatch Steeplechase: One of my Greatest Physical Challenges

Everyone---sooner or later---will face great emotional, physical, spiritual, or financial challenges of their lives. As part of life, we can escape this. However, there are times when we purposely take on challenges to test ourselves---to see how much we can do.

Recently, I participated in a physical challenge called the Wahsatch Steeplechase in Salt Lake City: a 27 kilometer trail race that goes up one side of a mountain and then goes down the other (here is a picture of me with only 12 kilometers to go). And you have to finish it in under six hours. The trail is hard, there are places where you have to climb over rocks, and there are times you have to run through deep brush---but it's "fun." The reason why I like trail runs is that it challenges you physically and mentally. You can read my complete report of the race at:

However, not everyone's challenges are the same. For some elite runners, the race I was in would be like a short jog in the park; for others, it would be beyond their current abilities. However, everyone has some challenges: they might even by physical disabilities that affect our ability to do simple things others take for granted.

So, what about you? What are some of the challenges you have faced in your life? What did these experiences teach you?


1 comment:

  1. I really agree with what you said.
    Actually I am facing emotional and spirtual challage in my life. It has been 4 years since I quit my job and stay at home with my kids. now it is time for me to think about getting back to work. But I found my knowleges are out of date, not fitting the market reqirement any more. You know, I was a computer programmer, Now it seems like difficult for me to continue software developing job. But what else I can do?
    Actually I am a newcomer to Canada and the language barrier is still a big problem for me.
    So I am feeling very stressful now. It is hard to make a direction about job after 4 year career gap. in the meantime I think it is an opportunity to challage myself.


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