Why do we do the things we do?
This universal question is always at the forefront of my curiosity about others. Why do we make the decisions we make? What is the fuel that motivates us? I love seeking these answers n others because it helps understand my own self.
Runners are even more fascinating. Why do we run? In the case of ultrarunners, this question becomes even more pertinent. What drives us to run for hours and hours, often in solitude?
What about those that make radical life changes? For example, packing up and moving 3000 miles? Or quitting your job, moving into an RV, and traveling the country seeking running adventures?
Vanessa Rodriguez answers all of these questions in her book The Summit Seeker. Vanessa provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her fascinating life via a series of stories beginning with her childhood through the present day.
I’ve known Vanessa for a number of years. Back when barefoot running was all the rage, a bunch of us regularly posted on the Runner’s World barefoot running forum. Many of us have remained friends after we moved on to other things. Vanessa is one of those friends.
Vanessa’s life story had always fascinated me, and The Summit Seeker fills in many of the captivating details. It’s not a book about running, though many of her stores revolve around the sport. It’s more of a book about living.
There are many lessons to be learned as she takes us on a journey through her life, including her decision to start embracing life and doing what makes her happy. All too often, we trudge through our lives suffering from one day to the next. After experiencing Vanessa’s story, it is nearly impossible to make excuses. She motivates us to start living.
This is a book you need to read. Trust me on this one.
I know many of the people reading this have already read the book- what lessons did you learn? What was your favorite story? Share in the comments!