Yesterday day was Saturday, November 11th. Three great things are celebrated on this day. It's my oldest brother's birthday, it's the day our son Edward had a successful open heart surgery, and it's also Veterans Day. This three celebrations are very close to my heart.
Yesterday, I went on a trail run up American Fork Canyon to an awesome lookout that showcases Mount Timpanogos. American Fork Canyon is famous for the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which resides on its south side. The canyon is named after the American Fork River which runs through the bottom of the canyon. Running in the mountains is one of my favorite things to do.
Today marks the 10th year anniversary of the day we lost my Grandpa, David James Nielsen. And he has been missed greatly. My Grandpa was one of my biggest believers. He taught me, "Burke, If you can see it, you can achieve it." These words have stuck with me and helped me do hards things as I pursue my dreams and goals in this life. My Grandpa was an awesome photographer. To honor him I take a camera around with me everywhere I go. He always told us, "A great photo is worth a thousand words." To honor my Grandpa today, I packed an American flag in my bag and ran with it to the top of a mountain summit that overlooks beautiful Mount Timpanogos in American Fork Canyon.
Each week I set out on an adventure, some adventures are small and others are big. My main goal is to get out and get in motion. Running helps me relieve stress, unleash creativity, enhance problem solving, and gain positive energy. Utah has become home to some of the best trail runners in the world. Most of the time, trail running in Utah starts at a parking lot with the goal to run up a mountain or along a mountain ridge.
I never regret waking up for an run, but I regret every time I turn off my alarm and go back to bed. Set a goal to get up on your first alarm. It helps to be consistent by going to bed and getting up at a consistent time. If you do this—it will get easier and easier. It will become a habit. A habit that will have a positive impact on your life. This is easy when you're at home, but how do you continue the habit when you're traveling on business?
What would you do if you started to lose your eyesight and go blind? Would you give up on life and lay down. Would you complain that life isn't fair? Would you get angry? Or would you push forward until blindness became your strength, your way to inspire others to not give up when life gets tough? That's what David Brown did. He pushed through blindness to become the fastest blind sprinter in the world.
I love to trail run. I love the feeling of leaving everything behind and embarking on a trail with my shoes, heart, and mind. During my recent runs, I've been thinking about the principles to overcome challenges. My friend shared with me a speech by Wes Brown, a popular motivation speaker, on the five principles we need to apply to overcome difficult life challenges.