David "The Hound" Liggett
I have always been a sports enthusiast for as long as I can remember. As a child I used to place and win a lot of running races. I was active in baseball, basketball, and golf as well.
Back in 2003 I severely injured my left hand, while performing my job. I did not know it at the time, but that incident would forever change me.
From this incident, I was told that it looked like my hand had exploded on the inside. I needed 5 reconstructive surgeries to even be able to use my hand at 40-50% grip strength, and practically no movement. I had to re-learn how to use my hand all over again. There are still multiple limitations that I face daily, considering I am left hand dominant. I began over using the right hand after those surgeries, and of course injured that hand at my job. I also had 2 reconstructive surgeries to repair my right hand. I almost have full strength and mobility in my right hand to date.
After these surgeries, DEPRESSION set in. I would wake up each morning, and lay on the sofa until it was time to go to work at 3pm. This was my daily ritual. I GOT FAT. I ballooned to 240lbs, and just did not care. I never told anybody about the issues, and just continued as if nothing was wrong.
On 06/01/09 I finally decided I had enough of feeling sorry for myself, and sick all of the time. I decided it was time for a change. I drastically changed my diet, and began to run everyday. As I started to loose weight, I began to push the workouts hard. I started weight lifting, and seriously running, until I had lost 90lbs in 6 months. I ran my first half marathon in October of 2010 in Hershey, PA. I also ran my first Sprint Triathlon in early 2011.
In 2011, trouble set in again. I developed gall stones, and in turn had to have my gall bladder removed. I next developed a heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation and SVT. I was given medicine to slow my heart rate down, but I continued to push my workouts. I had my first heart surgery in 2011. I had just lost a friend June of 2011, and had planned on running a 50K in his honor. So, 2 weeks after my first heart surgery I ran a 50K and completed it. I was now hooked on Ultrarunning. Of course as the doctors said could be possible, the first heart surgery did not work. I had a second heart surgery, also running a 30K trail race 3 weeks after that surgery. I placed 3rd in my age group for that race. After heart surgery #3, I again had the next years 50K race, so I ran that race again 2 weeks after that surgery. I finally had my 4th, and as of now, my last heart surgery in December of 2012. Prior to that last surgery, in July of 2012 I decided to run my first Obstacle Course Race. I was hooked!
From there I began to train hard, realizing that this was a sport that I absolutely wanted to be a part of. I set a goal to obtain sponsorship by the next racing season. I trained hard, and acquired my first sponsorship in 2013. I acquired more Sponsorships from there, and was fully immersed into OCR. I have always been on the lookout for a company that is happy to have me for who I am, and what I love to do! I have been turned down by companies because of the way my body looks, etc… They forget that I was once a huge guy.
In 2013, I developed more complications. In November of 2013 I had a surgery in my right foot, to remove arthritis within the big toe joint, and ultimately having a screw placed into the foot. I have been told that my left foot will eventually need the same operation, that both of my hips will need to be replaced, and that arthritis will eventually take over my body. I also get regular adjustments for back and rib (dislocation) issues, and even regular pain management injections within my lower back.
I would not let any of this slow me down. I finally ran my first actual road Marathon in April of 2014. I continued into the 2014 season full force, running numerous road races, earning podium spots in those races. I ran numerous OCR’s, also earning some podium spots (never in Spartan Race though, lol). I have even qualified for the Elite Field in the OCR World Championships, and finished the race penalty free in October of 2014. The week before the OCRWC, I ran my first Sentenced 2 Life event, aptly named “Race Through The Jungle”, and came in 2nd place overall for the 13.1 mile trail run. The week after the OCRWC, I ran and completed the NYC Marathon in 3:36:43. During that event I not only got to meet my running idol, DEAN KARNAZES, but I got to run with him for 5 miles of that race!
2015 will be an awesome year of racing!!!!
So why do I what I do? You have to make the best of every second of life!!! I try to live my life to its fullest potential!!! When I see an opportunity to do something new or adventurous, I jump in without hesitation! Whether it is spontaneously joining the worlds largest pillow fight in Washington DC (which was so awesome), or running an Ultramarathon, I’m game. I live each day to the fullest, sharing time with my wife, family and dogs. We go on excursions regularly to New York City, Washington DC, bicycling, hiking, running, you name it. I also train 6 days a week, through CrossFit and Trail Running. We only get one life, and I plan on taking the full ride. Without changing my life around, I would have never been able to experience the things I have listed to date, and I certainly would not experience all of the awesome things to come!!!!