Have you ever heard the saying Reach for the stars, so if you fall you land on the cloud?
Every time I hear that saying I rolled my eyes. If I reached for a million dollar in my pocket I wouldn’t fall on 1,000 dollars.
On June 11th, 2013 my personal best running distance was 4.4 miles
On November 17th, 2013 I ran 26.9 miles in 3 hours and 42 minutes
I didn’t set a goal that I wanted to run a marathon for the fun of it. I didn’t go online and print out a training plan to run that distance. I didn’t ask friends that ran in college how they got so many miles. It all started…
I got home from work one day and said I am going to run 8 miles. I am not going to worry about a pace. I am just going to run until my legs hurt.
Mile 1: Easy
Mile 2-4: Easier
Mile 5-8: Could have ran 10 more
Is this real? I am the same guy that 24 hours before I ran 8 miles I have never ran past 4 miles!
Then I started thinking. If its this easy to run 8 miles then how many can I run?
2 days past and I ran 16 miles.
I REPEAT 96 hours before the farthest I ever ran was 4.1 miles. I increased my running length %400 on 4 days.
There were 3 key takeaways I learned from this experience that are applicable to life.
- I ran at my own pace
How often in life do we measure our success, our struggle, our happiness with those of others. I used to run against people in high school and would be about to pass out. But when I ran by myself at my own pace I was able to quadruple my all time best in 4 days.
- I had a app that tracked my run
How are you going to attain a goal if you do not have any method of tracking it. I can say I want to save money but if you have no budget you don’t know how much you are saving or know what spending habit you cut to save it.
- I ran intentionally to double my best effort
Do you want to lose weight? Get a higher GPA? Grow your business? Take your best effort in your cause and multiply that by 2 and do it. No need to seek advice. No Need for support my friends.
MAKE a DECISION
I said going to run 8 miles. The effect of me accomplishing that feat changed my life forever
The crazy thing about the 27 miles is that I didn’t complete it running a marathon. I roled out of bed and just ran. The power of that first run engaged the secret part of my brain that said its doable. If you didn’t take anything from this message remember
You truly are your own competition, so track your success, and intentionally be AMAZING
I am running a marathon on September 13, 2014 and I will be updating you on the training progress, tips, and results.
I want you to run a marathon with me Next January. Remember it took me 5 months to get from 4-26 miles. You can do it to. The Goal is to get 25 people to run. We will all post our updates on the site. Comment below if you are interested.