Concrete Fitness…..

The other morning as I ran along a dirt road north of my home in Hope, ID, I paid particular attention to those random thoughts that dart in and out of my mind when enjoying the forward motion of my body, propelled by an old pair of high mileage legs with worn treads.

What is it about a run, a ride, a walk that inspires us to stand, tie the laces, open the door and enter a world where are senses are awakened to fresh smells, sounds and sights? For ¬†as long as I can remember I now think that there is a deep seated need to move, to achieve. Mankind has inherited this trait from our very beginnings. Somewhere in our psyche a desire to create, to have warmth, gave us the persistence to create fire. This in turn allowed us to achieve more as we migrated through various parts of the world. This “achievement” enabled us to expand our horizons, brought us more food, creative shelter and the rest, they say is history. Had we not set into motion a dream, a desire, a curiosity to explore we certainly would not be where we are, excited about where we are going.

It is a good thing to lie dormant. I can vouch for that. When I sit in a white rocker chair on our porch and look at the lake life is quiet. Then the thoughts come. It is then that I make a choice. Let some things remain thoughts or make them concrete.

When we are in movement be it running, walking, bicycling, swimming we are on the path of achieving goodness for ourselves and our body. When we finish it is real. We have succeeded in 20 min., an hour, a mile or ten miles. We have achieved and that is much more than a thought in our head that gets played over and over as we tussle with excuses to move or not to move. So perhaps you will listen to yourself and then act….

Make those thoughts real.

Make your your days concrete.

Amazing results and achievements await…..


  1. Linda Wright

    Your words are always amazing and so thought provoking. Thank you for sharing always. Linda Wright

  2. Loretta Riddell

    You will have to wroite a book when all your travels are done..
    I have seen so many changes in your thoughts since you left my home town of Astoria, Oregon… God Bless you always, and never forget we pray for you daily. Lori

  3. Loretta Riddell

    Well have been here 3 times and your words are still moving me in unknown directions……here I am 70+ years old, following you , following Chris who has had to suspend his run due to injuries, and getting ready tofollow one of our Montana Guardsman who will be also walking for the Fallen starting the last day of March 2013.. Seeing the pain and remembering your first walk and all the other walks for Our Brave Men and Women…………….You and the others are a inspiration , you especially have share so many thought provking thoughts……..shared so much of yourself with us,, I pray Mike you one day can sit back and smile knowing you have made a real difference in so many lives………………God Bless, be Safe……….Hugs and Prayers Lori


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