Thousands of people run marathons and half marathons. Very few people run 21 half-marathons in 21 days. Col. Jack Mosher and Maj. Jay Brock are attempting just such a feat. Together they will each run ½ marathons every day for 21 days – 21 marathons in 21 days.
From May 8 to May 28 the pair will run a path starting in Kittery, Maine and ending in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. Why would someone do this, you might ask. The two are running in order to show other veterans that they need to take responsibility for their own health. The two have named their effort the Resiliency Run.
Veterans returning to the states following a deployment face a number of obstacles ranging from difficulty finding jobs to relationship issues to homelessness and/or mental health issues including suicide. Many veterans are unwilling or unable to get help. Brock hopes the Resiliency run will inspire veterans in need to find the help they need, no matter the issue they’re facing.
Mosher’s focus is eliminating veterans from living on their couch and urges exercise as a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle. While counseling should be included where necessary, it is Mosher’s belief people who are mentally and physically strong do not commit suicide.
To reinforce the “no excuses” attitude soldiers are supposed to embody, Mosher points out he is 45-years-old and Brock is in his mid-30’s. If these two can do something as trying running 21 half marathons, there is no reason younger veterans cannot get themselves involved in some sort of exercise program, even at the basic level.
Both men have learned things about themselves along this run but all that is secondary to the inspiration they hope to bring to veterans across the country. Veterans need to make sure they keep themselves healthy following their discharge from the military. It is their responsibility to make this happen to ensure they don’t fall into the dark mental traps waiting for many of them upon their return.
Learn more about the Resiliency Run and how these two soldiers hope to inspire veterans.
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