Nothing But Taillights

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 was a day that could have very easily my triathlon career. It almost ended my life. Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11 weeks and two days after my last run, I finally got to do what I’d spent the better part of the last couple of months dreaming about – I got to run. I ran for 30min. I ran way too fast mostly to prove to myself that I could. And mostly because I just needed to run as hard and fast as I was able to. I don’t think anything I can remember was as perfect as those first steps which my lovely wife was kind enough to capture on film.
The most apropos description is one taken from a line in the movie “Fight Club” – I ran until my muscles burned and my veins pumped battery acid. And then I ran some more. When I first went to the gym after getting out of the hospital, I sensed that I was climbing away from something with every step I took on the stepmill. But running that day, I felt like I was running to something. Back to normalcy. Back to what I consider my life. And back towards what I truly love to do. I ran because I wanted to. And because, finally, I was able to.

11 thoughts on “Nothing But Taillights

  1. Amazing! its a good feeling, and like you said, “u GET to run.” It makes me angry when I hear people complaining about how they have to run or workout. To me- every chance I get to stretch my legs and run is a gift that I try to enjoy as much as possible. Welcome back!!

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  2. “And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.” Moby Dick
    Jordan–here's to your Catskill eagle. Congrats on getting back out there.

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  3. Awesome, Jordan. Great to hear you're getting back at it. It must be cool to see the improvements your body is making from week to week.

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  4. Glad to see you're back on the horse.

    BTW, my sis is currently in Tahoe acclimating for the Western States 100 this weekend.

    -“Ranger”

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  5. I know I'm commenting late, which adds to my surprise that I am privledged enough to say it first, but Jordan Rapp, you are a BAMF!

    Ian

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