There was a time when my chronic pain, depression, and anxiety controlled my life. I was dwelling on what life was like before my injuries from the war and thinking my future would never have happiness ever again. I can’t express how happy I am for choosing to Continue Mission in Life!
I refuse to let my chronic pain and mental health issues keep me down. I am 46 years old and want to live life to its fullest and participate in activities that challenge my physical and mental health. It’s too damn easy to sit at home and make excuses why I shouldn’t eat healthy or exercise and let life pass me by.
My latest personal challenge was June 30th. I signed myself up to race Expert Class in the @cirqueseries Trail Race. It caused more anxiety and pressure knowing I was going up against Utah’s Expert Trail Runners; moving up a class is a personal choice that is not an easy one to make.
I would like to thank @juliancarr , the promoter of the Cirque Series, for his incredible support of the CM Family and holding such a challenging trail race. The miles involved are low while the elevation gain is incredibly high. The website said 6.7 miles / 3,015 FT Vert, my Garmin at the end read 6.1 Miles / 2,795 FT Vert (I stayed on course and not sure why it read different). A trail race like this is a mental and physical challenge, all you want to do is quit. To push on even though my feet were getting hot spots with blisters, muscles telling me to stop and pushing through the mental negative thoughts. I finished 58th overall out of 97 Expert racers and finished 3rd overall if you go by age group 46 to 50. I’m very happy with my results, my goal was to finish under two hours and that goal was met.
I hope this motivates others to find something to challenge themselves with. That challenge could be a 5k or a ropes course to challenge heights, etc. It doesn’t matter what mental or physical special needs you have, there is something you can do to challenge yourself!
Special thank you to my race sponsors: @adidas , @flyracingusa , @rockwellwatches , @naawk , @hyperthreads , @clifbar , @white_pine_touring
When Achilles was shot by Paris' arrow trying to save Perseus. He said to her..."Youve given me peace in a life of war." These are the words and sentiment i shared with a woman who ive been had a crush on, today! What with all the madness going on in my life right now. I randomly decided to stop by her work to see how she and the others were doing sonce i been gone. And wouldnt you know, they were having a party with live band and food and cake and dancing! She(my crush) looked amazing in a sheer pink dress and heels! And when she danced i was mesmerized! And emmensly aroused! I wasn't gon dance. But the band was way too good. The music they played was way too good. She looked way to good. And tge people and the atmosphere felt way too good...that a nigga had to cut it up, one time! Lol And as i did, me and my crush gravitated toward each other, from across the room. We looked into each others eyes as we danced! And our bodies were in a natural sync with one another! As we walked back to our table! It was at that very moment that i said to her..."You've given me peace in a life of war." Debrah is one hell of a beautiful, intelligent, and strong woman! We'd make a great couple! Word. #kaptains_log#charliemike#continuemission#thereisnospoon#cfffcf
Finn Melanson is CM's newest volunteer. He is a mountain ultra trail runner who is running right now as an ambassador for CM in the Western States 100 Miler in Squaw Valley, CA to Auburn, CA. This race is recognized as the oldest, most prestigious, and most competitive ultra marathon in the United States.This event looks and feels like the "Super Bowl" of ultra running. As a new volunteer to CM, Finn thought about his upcoming run and said I would rather run for a cause than run for myself. Finn felt that Continue Mission needs to have a presence at the Western States 100 Miler because the themes and goals of CM's organization and this race go hand in hand. When you get to the heart of the matter, like the events hosted by Continue Mission, Western States aims to inspire and empower individuals who want seek the pathway to health and wellness through positive, life-changing outdoor experiences. In fact, as Finn states, there are many combat Veterans who turn to the sport of mountain ultra trail running after their time in the service. Some of the best runners in the sport are Veterans. They are attracted to this sport because of the similar dedication and work ethic of many runners and race organizers, the physical and psychological challenge, and the simple fact that trail running is a therapeutic endeavor for those who are dealing with their experiences from time in combat serving our country.
Finn is running in CM logo wear. Cheers and thanks to Brian of Resonance Print who was able to contribute logo printing on running wear with not a minute to spare before Finn left for the race. There will be approximately 10,000 runners, organizers, volunteers, crew members, and spectators at this event who, in theory, would admire the mission of this CM's organization, and simply need the exposure to get involved in some capacity. By representing CM, Finn hopes to share the message of Continue Mission and to get similar advocates involved in the organization.
My brother is an avid goldwing fan! Since he been in his mid twenties! Talk about an "old soul!" Lol Anyway, when he hit me up this morning all suped up and hyped for the new goldwing, he sent me this pic... Hmmm This is definitely, most assuredly, and absolutely a fucking cops bike! Lol BUT THAT LANDSCAPE THO!!!!!!!!!!! That is 100% Grade A All Natural "Beauty," given graciously of none else but, Colorado herself! #milehighcountry#boxstate#kaptains_log#charliemike#continuemission#thereisnospoon#cfffcf
My very first mentor before I knew what a mentor was. It's funny to me now looking back - how much I was struggling and how all of those struggles turned into bridges over troubled water and lessons that I don't think I'll ever forget. He played such a big part in the transformation of my mindset that led to my whole life changing.
He's a disabled Vietnam-era veteran with a double knee replacement. When they replaced his knees he was told he could no longer be the high performance athlete he's always been. Last week, he ran the #escapefromalcatraz triathlon. He's since also continued being a black belt martial artist and training students at his martial arts schools. Everything they said he couldn't do anymore that he loved, he fought for. He noticed from talking to other veterans that they, too, were told by others that they could no longer follow their dreams due to disability.
That's when he decided to run this race in #Cali - as a tribute to all the veterans who feel like their mission is over after returning to civilian life, all the veterans who are told "you can't anymore" by people he calls "dream stealers."
Ever since I've known him he has taught me lessons my own parents couldn't reach me. He put new thoughts and mindsets into my head that have helped me build the woman I am today from the broken girl I was when first walked into his martial arts studio for self defense classes with bruises on my arms, crippling self-esteem, and doubt in my heart. I'm so grateful for him and so excited to be a small part of the mission he's on now to show veterans that they can keep chasing and achieving their dreams no matter the diagnosis, disability, opinions, or doubts.
Keep going. Keep dreaming. #CharlieMike#continuemission