Moving For The Future
"Try to improve the person you were yesterday"
Christopher Mellott joins the Move for a Cause tribe from Spokane Valley, Washington and participated in last month’s Ks for the Kids Virtual Event. His value in living being active and moving for something greater than ourselves is an inspiring reminder that there is always a better version of ourselves waiting to be seen. He answered a few questions for us to share a bit of himself and what inspires him to move for a cause:
What is a motto that you live by?
I live by the motto "Try to improve the person you were yesterday" even if you were not your best the day before you can always improve from that person. If you are always trying to improve from the day before then you will at least be on some trajectory to the best version of yourself.
What has inspired you to adopt an active lifestyle (e.g. running, walking, hiking, biking, etc)
I ran in high school and then gained 60 pounds throughout college. I missed the confidence that running brought. I really got back into running when I was going to get married and wanted to look good for our wedding. Long story short I didn't get married but running and I stuck together. I have ran everyday since January 5th 2014 and just am constantly excited about getting to run and how it brings people together. I also love all the places my feet have taken me and how much I feel grateful to be able to continue my adventures due to my active lifestyle.
What accomplishment are you most proud of since having a more active lifestyle?
I am most proud of my running streak. I think in terms of events I am most proud of is running the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2016, my October of 2017 where I ran a half marathon, 10K, Half marathon, marathon, and then a 50K in one month. In 2018 I am most proud of running my first 50 mile race.
What music do you like to listen to while running, walking, biking, etc?
I love listening to music that makes me happy. Generally I would say songs like "Shut up and dance" by Walk the Moon but certainly there is music from all the genres that make me smile and happy and so my running playlist is really an odd combination of music.
Which M4AC virtual race has personal meaning to you?
I did the K's for the Kids event and I always think that helping the next generation is something that I want to be a part of. I really think that the Mother Earth Run is important because we only have one earth and we need to protect it so that everybody can enjoy it and so the next generation can enjoy it as well. I want to be part of the legacy that protects it.