Quoting Dean

“I run to see how far I can go.  I run because It’s my way of giving back to the world by doing the one thing it is I do best.  I run because I’ve never been much of a car guy.  I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch.  I run to breath the fresh air.  I run to explore.  I run to escape the ordinary.  I run to honor my sister and unite my family.  I run because it keeps me humble.  I run for the finish line and to savor the trip along the way.  I run to help those who can’t.  I run because walking takes too long, and I’d like to get a few things done in this lifetime.  I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.” Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man

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About Chris Van Dyke

I am a 33 year-old high school English teacher and long-distance runner. I live in Brooklyn with my partner, our 3 year-old son and 1 year-old daughter and a growing collection of muppets and trains. Besides running and teaching I like to draw, read, write, cook, and play the harmonica. While I didn't get to run my first ultra-marathon on my birthday, I've got a few more I've set my sights on. You can follow my (seldom updated) twitter feed @aboutrunning. I also blog as part of the Run Smiley Collective.
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