Saturday, November 19, 2011

do life. With Ben Davis

Ever heard of Ben Davis? I hadn't until earlier in the week while I was reading the December issue of Runner's World. His story is more captivating then I am able to put into words, but if you subscribe to RW turn to page 63 or just click here.

warning...this video may bring you to joyful tears

Sometimes life brings you to this crossroad that can scare the pants off of you. Most of us, when faced with difficult life changing decisions, pass the intangible and seemly impossible opportunities and instead choose to stay in our safe place surrounded by all of the things that fuel our comfort. Then there are others, like Ben Davis, that pull the trigger daring to live out their dreams boldly and bravely casting away fear and doubt for the unknown.

If you are like me, curiosity creeps into your mind about other runners often. Do they run for the same reasons I do? Have they experience those rare moments of elation and freeness while pounding it out on the pavement like myself? Have they allowed themselves to be so vulnerable that running could have the power to change their life

We all have these crazy reasons why we tightly tie up our laces venturing out in snowstorms and humidity day after day. Some of us run to lose ourselves, to feel freedom from the complicated chains of the world for a few peaceful moments in time. Then there are the exceptionally rare Ben Davis's of the world that start running for more important personal and complicated reasons, and somehow end up finding themselves along the road less traveled and have the power to change the world.

Ben's story touched my heart because he conquered what many say is the impossible, and he didn't turn back. 

He let running change his life.

"You don't love running when you first start because it hurts. Your legs hurt, your lungs hurt. But once you make the decision and start to move forward, you become a different person."
Ben Davis, RW December 2011

In a world filled with so many uncertains, there a few things that I know for sure. Running and it's power is one of the few things that I believe in with all of my heart. The insatiable hunger which it can stir up for life in ones soul; exposure and vulnerabilty to unfathomable experiences; opportunities to motivate others to keep pressing on when the road ahead becomes patchy and uncertain; movement and it's possibilities. This is what running is to me, the opportunity to challenge life and let the world know that I won't live with the fear for what tomorrow holds.

So thank you Ben Davis for reminding me why I choose to run, because sometimes I can make life more complicated then it really is and forget why I started down this road in the first place.

If you are more curious about Ben's story, check out his website


  1. Been following Ben for awhile and agree his story and continued challenge to Do Life is very inspirational.

    I even bought the T-shirt :)

  2. I love this! I've never heard of Ben but I'm definitely going to check his story out now! You always leave me with some kind of inspiration! I just want to drop everything and RUN!

  3. Wellllp, I definitely cried when I watched that video.

    I actually remember seeing it another time (can't remember where though) and I cried that time too. Doesn't get old for me.

    Funny that you mention this because Tappan and I were just talking about why I run and how I will continue running until my body stops letting me, whatever age that may be. I am internally motivated (as you are), which is very sustainable, as opposed to running for some extrinsic reason.

  4. Wow so powerful. I can definitely relate to Ben's story. Thanks for sharing this, Britt! Oh, and big thanks to running for being so difficult and amazing.

  5. I saw his story in RW and watched the youtube video as well and seriously had tears in my eyes. It's easy to forget and seeing something like that helps us to remember.

  6. I love his story! I saw his you tube video shortly before it came out in Runner's World and I find it so inspirational! I cried.

  7. Thanks for sharing the video! I read the article but forgot to look at it. I hope his tour goes well in 2012. He is an inspiration!

  8. Britt you are such a great writer and I love how we share similar perspectives on so many things! I want to put his book on my Christmas list...along with a new garmin. Yes, I would say I <3 running :)

  9. Thank you for sharing this! Running has changed me for the better and I am so thankful for it. You are an amazing writer... I always love when you post:)

  10. WOW! Thank you for sharing this. So incredibly inspirational. I agree with Cara above that you are an incredible writer. That movie made me tear up!

  11. I haven't heard of him, but thanks for sharing this!!

  12. I LOVE stories like this!! I have tears!!