Another reminder of mortality last evening.. right before bed I received word a good friend, one of my best training buddies from my grad school elite running years died while out on a run. All odds were in his favor as he was of excellent health. Its a cliche we hear repeatedly but life is short, finite, uncertain even when you have all the odds in your favor, so we’d better seize it with all the gusto and beauty, love and kindness, strength and courage, we can muster… sometimes that means getting out there and going for broke with every fiber of your being, other times it means letting go and reposing into absolute stillness, like a high alpine aspen in winter.

In memory of Thom, your wit, kindness, strength, and most of all your friendship.

Thom striders


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