Running sucks. I don’t think most people run or jog or even workout hard because they enjoy it.
I think they do it for the sheer benefits associated with how you feel after you exert great amounts of energy and the type of person it will make of you to conquer your inner bitch. My several years of yoga practice have allowed me to grow mentally strong and to consistently push through uncomfortable situations.
Never stop pushing the limits of your physical, mental, and emotional boundaries. Many of us have self-imposed boundaries through our life experience which limit can both limit our potential and hurt our ability to explore new things to excite our life.
A few of my friends and I decided to go 30 days without alcohol and to test ourselves for all sorts of reasons, however, mostly to save money, improve our health, and focus on what matters most to us.
As part of this challenge, I made a commitment to run at LEAST 2 miles every day for 30 days.
This means forcing myself to get up at 5:30AM to run even though I’m sore from the 4 miles I pushed through yesterday. It means rearranging social plans to run instead of going get food. It means if I get home and haven’t run and it’s 10PM that I’m going to run at LEAST 2 miles. It takes between 15-25 minutes and for me, it’s about getting it done whether I walk, run, jog, or sprint.
It means a commitment to not drinking and running at LEAST 2 miles every damn day and doing it with a SMILE!
Today is day 7 and I feel AMAZING.
I’m in decent shape and eat pretty healthy but hate running. The benefits of running are what attracts me to it. Running makes me feel strong, confident, and more like myself than any other physical exercise.
I’d much rather go lift weights, do body-weight exercises, practice Bikram Yoga, practice a sport, or simply go for a long walk.
But not anymore. Now it’s a bag with gym clothes traveling with me everywhere I go for the next 3 weeks.
I almost quit on day 4 (running that is).
My hip hurt, my body was achy, and I had pushed myself way past my previous mental limitations. This hip pain was bad and it hurt to stretch or move.
I didn’t want to run that day. I ALMOST told myself the story of a universe where me not running existed, even though I shut that down already.
There is NO universe where I don’t go run at least 2 miles.
It was the inspiration from people I admire like Jocko Willink, David Goggins, and Joe Rogan that ring through my head as I fight a constant mental dilemma only to say fuck it and run anyway. That day I ran 2 miles straight without stopping for the first time in a long time. I also did 50 pull ups, 100 push ups, and ran another 2 miles after the first 2 and wasn’t even sore anymore.
This workout proved my mind is the only thing controlling my limitations and potential.
It’s a wild paradox in which your mind can trick you into NOT doing something, yet that same thing once overcame, proves just the opposite. You needed it even more.
One thing Jocko Willink talks about in his podcast is the idea of going through the motions even when you don’t feel like it. Get up, get out, and get after it. That’s it. Shut your mind off and go run.
Write the blog. Make the phone calls. Do the work. Do whatever it is you have to do that day no matter what. It’s that simple.
This same concept is something I strive to continuously implement in other areas of my life.
I’ve got a lot of work to do, but after a week of running 2-5 miles a day, I feel like nothing can stop me – even when I don’t feel like it.
The confidence you will build when you prove yourself WRONG is AMAZING.
So I ask of you one simple thing.
Do that difficult thing you’ve been wanting to do but continue to make excuses for not doing. Go a little further and work a little harder. Don’t settle for 40%, 60%, 80%, or 99%. Give that little bit more towards something that gets you excited for life and as Cameron Hanes would say, “KEEP HAMMERING“!