Friday, May 30, 2008
In the Midst of Giants
Last night, I squeezed in a quick 4-mile run after work before rushing up to the Paloma Theatre in Encinitas for the first public viewing of Ultramarathon Man, a documentary of Dean Karnazes by JB Benna (coming soon to a theater near you). If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again--I am SO lucky to live in San Diego!
The documentary focused on Dean Karnazes recent accomplishment of completing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. It also highlighted his efforts to motivate and inspire average, everday sedentary folk to get off the couch and get active. He spends a lot of time speaking and running with children at schools to illustrate the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Because my career focuses on cardiovascular research, this struck a chord with me. Obesity is a serious problem in our country.
The best part was that Dean (and his producer JB) were actually there, eager to answer questions! He had a light and energy about him that was infectious. He clearly loves running and sharing his passion with others. He was very inspiring. I understand now why he was voted as one of the nation's most influential people (Time).
David Goggins (another world-famous ultra-marathoner; Badwater, anyone?) also made a guest appearance. He was amongst us mere mortals, watching the documentary.
Living in San Diego affords me the most incredible opportunities. I walk amongst giants, and they all inspire me. The seed has now been planted in my brain. Like a stubborn weed, it grows, and I can't seem to eliminate it from existence. I want to do an ultra.....