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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Short Berryman Race Report and So Long, For Now...

Filled with emotion after finishing the 2007 Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Run

Another amazing event put on by the SLUGs and co-race directors David and Victoria White! You really couldn't have scripted a better day, the weather was ideal and I got to see many of my good friends. Not my finest performance finishing the marathon in 4:44 but I had fun nonetheless. Got to run a bit with Jerry Frost, chat it up with Don Frichtl, Paul and Cindy Schoenlaub, Ben Holmes, Pat Perry, David and Victoria, Rick Mayo, David Stores and so many others; it really was great :-) For the full 2008 Berryman Marathon and 50 Mile Run Results click HERE. And now, let's move on to what is really on my mind.

I started this blog over a year and a half ago and had no idea what a big part of my life it would become. It began more as a marketing tool when I started my job as a loan officer for Mindy's Mom but then evolved into something much more. It took on a personality of it's own as my "baby" and all of you became my cyber family sharing in my accomplishments and supporting me when I was down. I can't begin to even explain to all of you how much it has meant to me to know you were out there reading along and sharing in my life, laughing when I laughed and crying when I cried. The emails I've received, comments on the blog and all of you who have come up to me at races have touched my life in a profound way and I thank all of you for being interested in my story (or stories) and sharing the past 18 months with me. What a journey it has been! Throughout the last year and a half I have grown more than in any other period in my life and finally let the real Carey shine through as I tore down the walls I had built around myself. As I sit here writing this I am filled with emotion and must admit a bit sad, but it is time. For those of you close to me this probably isn't a suprise while to others it may be totally out of left field. As I embark on a new career and direction in life I need to focus my full attention and efforts on that, I hope all of you understand and support me in pursuing my dream. This is not Good-Bye but simply so long, for now. Know that I am here and you can always email me if you ever need anything or just want to say hello. The picture at the top of this post is me after finishing my first 100 mile race almost a year ago. It was perhaps the best moment of my life thus far and really the start of "the change" inside me.

Wishing you all the best,
Carey

16 comments:

DEANNA STOPPLER said...

Dude,

If this means you won't be posting anymore I must say, I'll miss you every Monday, and throughout the week. I like opening up my "blogs" folder and checking what my friends are up to. It's reassuring that we are not alone in life.

But it's also equally great that you are focusing on your needs and what makes you feel alive.

Best to you, my friend, and I'll definitely be emailing you! Who knows, maybe we can join each other for the Vermont 100. After a season of barely any racing, I think I'll be itching to do something adventurous (and you folks that run 100s are true adventurers).

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an inspiration you have been to me! Running has become a big part of my life and I contribute much of that to you. I wish you the best and will still be throwing a question at you every now and again via email (just a warning). Not even a year ago you ran with me and suppored me in my first marathon. Not many would go to such lengths to do that, especially traveling from out of state AND putting up with my wining(sp). Again, thanks Carey. Dan

davidultra49 said...

Well Amigo I must say. It has been quite a ride hasn't it. Focus on your job and do whats best for you. If you need anything brother. I'll be here. Aimlessly wandering around the woods in search of whatever. Take care and good luck to you.

Bedrock said...

Carey,

Congrats on the career and life change - sounds very exciting. Good luck with the trainer certification and the new position at FT. I will still check in from time to time. Talk to you soon.

Bedford

Faithful Soles said...

Amazing acccomplishment and great story. I hope all is well with you and that your journey continues to be blessed.

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Super, grtz from Belgium

Keep on running!!!

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