Greatest victory of all
Posted on October 07 2017
“I feel like over the past few years I have not been able to be the version of myself that I want to be. I have not been able to find my own joy, grace and calm. My mind has been turbulent and the waves of emotion not easily quelled. I have been hurt. I have been humbled. I have been embarrassed, and I have evaluated and examined everything. When I signed up for the Leadville Trail 100 Run, after an unsuccessful run at the Silver Rush 50 Run which is also in Leadville, I was starting to feel like I was on solid ground, but I knew that running 100 miles strips you raw. I knew I needed to have my mind, heart and spirit right. In past 100 milers, my emotions have played a large part in my experience because each time I had to pull myself out of a very dark place that largely existed only in my own mind. This time, I told my husband, ‘I have one goal. I want to be the happiest person out there.’ And while I will never be able to statistically analyze that goal compared to the field, I am certain that I was my happiest, best self out there. To me, that is the greatest victory of all. Actually winning the race is just a sweet sweet bonus.”- HOKA Athlete Devon Yanko
Devon is wearing the Speedgoat 2.