This Saturday, a local running store in Columbus, Ohio hosted Bart Yasso as a speaker for their MIT (Marathon in Training) group. Thankfully the store opened up the event to the general public! The event was held in one of the lecture halls at THE Ohio State University, and was such a fabulous opportunity. I invited my mom to come along, and of course she brought her camera! I wasn’t sure how many people would be in attendance, and I seriously didn’t think I would get the chance to meet Mr. Yasso, but the minute I walked into the room, I saw him sitting at a table with copies of his book ‘My Life on the Run’. He was selling copies, and also signing autographs. When the line ended, I decided to say hi to him and introduce myself. The exchange went something like this:
Me: “MR. YASSOOOOO!!!!” I’m not kidding
Me: “HI! I’M MOLLYBERRIES, YOU KNOW, FROM TWITTER!” I’m seriously, seriously, not kidding
Bart: “Oh yes! My, you have just been tweeting away!” Yes, he follows ME on twitter! :)
He then offered me a high-five which I overly enthusiastically accepted and asked if I wanted to pose for a photo.
And there you have it! 🙂
After I finished geeking-out and my heart-rate and blood pressure returned to normal, it was time to listen to the “Mayor of Running”. Mr. Yasso is the Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World Magazine. Basically over the years, his job has consisted of doing amazing things like traveling to all edges of the Earth to run completely awesome races and write about them! Um, hello jealousy!
He started his presentation with reading an excerpt from his book, and discussed who his heroes were (Brian Boyle and Sarah Reinersten) and what has motivated him to run all these years. He shared stories, and fabulous photos of some of his favorite adventures, including his most recent completion of the Comrades Marathon, all while battling Lyme Disease. This guy was such a dynamic story-teller, and made me so proud, excited, and grateful for being a runner, and a member of such a far-reaching, fabulous community. I have to admit, a few times during his presentation, I found myself getting a tad choked-up, which is very rare behavior for moi. If you ever get the opportunity to listen to this man, don’t hesitate, trust me. Even if you are not an endurance athlete, there is something in his presentation for everyone.
“And when I started running, I started dreaming. It couldn’t be helped. The mind works as hard as the body does during exercise. It knows its role during those lonely interludes—to inspire, analyze, and fantasize.” – Bart Yasso