1. Breakfast IS NOT the most important meal of the day.
I trained for the marathon in the mornings and ran for several hours at a time – without having breakfast.
Fat is our body’s ‘natural’ and preferred source of energy – not carbs or proteins – and this was what ‘fueled’ me on most of my runs.
2. Life is quite simple.
Whether it’s running a marathon or going for a 10 minute run, it doesn’t matter. It comes down to the same thing… putting one foot in front of the other.
Showing up. Getting Started. Doing the work.
It’s that simple.
This concept applies to ANYTHING you want to accomplish in life. Break down your goals into the smallest steps possible and just keep taking those steps until you get to where you want to be.
As long as you keep showing up and taking action, you will get better.
It’s a no brainer.
If you want to be a better writer, artist, musician, or athlete, show up – be consistent.
We are what we repeatedly do.”
4. Life is ALL a mental game.
Your body and feet might be aching with pain as they bitch at you screaming at the top of their lungs telling you to stop and slow down, but if your mind refuses to listen, your body will continue to obey.
When you think you’re done, you’re only at 40% of your body’s capability.”
– David Goggins, Retired Navy Seal
5. You only have as much energy as you use.
The most productive period in my life was when I was training for the marathon. It could have been a coincidence but I highly doubt it reflecting back.
When you can run for 3+ hours in one sitting, I think that would make it much easier for you to work for 3 hours straight as well.
6. People who love eating really should run (or do any other cardio intensive sport).
As I was training for my marathon I lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a month and I regularly visited the same restaurant to have a feast, especially after my longer runs.
I’d go there and order 3 main meals along with a smoothie.
After several visits, one of the waitresses said I shouldn’t keep eating like this because I would get fat.
Jokes on her, when I left Thailand, I hadn’t even gained a pound. My weight barely fluctuated because when you run a few hours each day…
You can eat A LOT.
7. Making a real commitment is POWERFUL.
I’d always wanted to run a marathon but was never into running. I decided to stop saying I would one day run a marathon and just go fucking do it.
I Googled the next local marathon event and signed up for it. On that day, I made a real commitment. I was going to finish that marathon no matter what. And that’s seriously all it took.
I found a training program, showed up and followed it to a tee because I was committed.
There was no backing out. In my mind I literally could not fathom any other alternative except seeing myself cross that finish line.
8.Challenging yourself is important.
I had so much confidence in the deep seated belief that I would finish the marathon no matter what… So I had to make the goal more challenging.
When something is seemingly easy, I’m prone to slack off, so I set a goal of finishing the marathon in under 4 hours.
It was a pseudo-goal to help me reach my true goal of finishing the marathon.
I missed the 4 hour mark by 1 minute and 46 seconds but in the end I still achieved my real goal!
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
– Bruce Lee
9. Prepare ahead of time and prepare for the worst.
In preparing for my marathon, I signed up for a half marathon and didn’t realize the trains wouldn’t be running that early in the morning until the day of the half marathon.
I just assumed they’d be running because it was a big event. Well, I guess I made an ass out of myself…
I had to Tokyo Drift all the way from the train station into the city in my trusty Corolla, find parking, and sign in when everyone had already left the starting line.
In hindsight, I should have prepared and double-checked on the logistics of getting to the event much, much earlier – not just the night before.
On top of this mishap…
On the day of the marathon, the GPS on my phone wouldn’t connect and I had no way to track how fast I was running or how many miles I had run.
I did not expect this would be a problem at all but in hindsight I should have prepared for a ‘worst’ case scenario.
10. Life is all about the process and the journey.
Not the destination.
Throughout much of my training I kept questioning myself as to why I was doing all of this running for a ‘stupid’ marathon and all because I had made a ‘stupid’ commitment.
As a result, my training sessions leading up to the marathon were much more dreadful than they needed to be.
I could have had a lot more fun and enjoyed myself a lot more throughout the whole process if I had chosen instead to focus on the right things.
11. The Rain is AWESOME.
Most of us have been brainwashed into thinking that cold, rainy, and stormy weather is ‘bad’ weather but in reality, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.
Running in what some would consider the worst weather conditions to run in is something I’ll never forget, I got a ton of joy and bliss out of those stormy runs.
12. Being badass is subjective.
I woke up and run at 5AM on weekdays to fit in my runs before heading off for work. Doing this made me feel like an absolute bad ass – especially in the middle of winter.
With everything else I managed to do before work in the mornings, I’d say I accomplished more than what most people did in a whole day, and all before they even got out of bed.
I was cruising in 6th gear when they hadn’t even fired up their engines.
That to me was pretty bad ass.
To others, that might seem like hell.