Category: Fitness

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Letters to Myself During a 100 Mile Run

An ultramarathon is 1/5 human vs. nature and the remaining 4/5 human vs. self. When going into a battle such as the 100–which could last anywhere from 20 – 31 hours 38 minutes 20 seconds–it is beneficial for the present self to bring in the past self as an ally for combating the grouchy future self. With this in mind, I wrote myself a … Read More Letters to Myself During a 100 Mile Run

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What running 100 Miles taught me about curbing Anxiety

I’m moving to Jakarta, Indonesia on April 6th for a four-week teaching internship through my university. I have a 60-day visa and a one-way ticket. Now you and I have exactly the same amount of information. I haven’t been told yet where I will live. I haven’t been told what school I will teaching at. I don’t know what grade, subject, area I will … Read More What running 100 Miles taught me about curbing Anxiety

Cigarettes & Silhouettes: Running the Cancelled LOViT 100 Mile Trail Run

“You there, with the light!” a voice rang through the forest, deep and southern. It was 05:20 and I had run 43 miles. I was squatting next to a mossy tree off to the right of the trail, ready to drop my drawers and release a burden–the relieving sensation of which I was super looking forward to–when it was sucked back up by this call. How … Read More Cigarettes & Silhouettes: Running the Cancelled LOViT 100 Mile Trail Run

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Set More Unrealistic Goals

When it comes to goal setting, I am pro-unrealistic. Let me explain: Case Study 1 Realistic Goal: write a blog post once a week. Okay, so I could do this. I could choose maybe Friday or a weekend day. I work pretty much full-time as a teacher, plus a part-time writing gig on top of that. But I could manage once a week posting. Unrealistic … Read More Set More Unrealistic Goals

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4 Miles / 4 Hours / 42 Hours

Starting exactly at midnight on Saturday morning, I ran 4 miles every 4 hours for 42 hours. This kind of training weekend has benefitted me the most for the looming 100-miler; in fact, I can’t imagine a better sort of weekend. I practiced starting and starting and starting at all times of the day, in all states of sleep-deprivation. Because of the nature of … Read More 4 Miles / 4 Hours / 42 Hours

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You are the Machine

Today is a day of mind control. Today is a day of acknowledging the prowess of my mind. Harnessing it. Doing what it tells me I can. Doing what I tell me I can. I am my mind. I am the machine. I can control it. Today is a day of inhaling page 12 of Jocko Willink‘s Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual: “People ask me, ‘How do … Read More You are the Machine

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What Goes Between the Ears on a 6-Hour Run

I’ve discovered something, friends. Something important. Life-giving. The difference between running 7 miles and 30. I love a good river trail run, noiseless except for the blades of grass whooshing around my shoes and the sound of the kissing river, nothing between the ears besides blanket gratitude for the perfection of a quiet morning. I love a good podcast for a morning run; it … Read More What Goes Between the Ears on a 6-Hour Run

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Your Dog on Walk

Stanley Coren describes the dog’s sense of smell like this: Let’s say you have one gram of a component of human sweat, called butyric acid. Humans can actually smell this proficiently. If you were to release that one gram of butyric acid in the space of a 10-story building, we could detect a faint odor upon entrance. Go ahead and slap yourself on the … Read More Your Dog on Walk

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Four Ways to Cultivate Mental Toughness

This morning during a good frosty long run, I listened to Tom Bilyeu interview David Goggins on the Impact Theory Podcast. David Goggins. Have I mentioned him before? Life hero extrodinaire. He made the comment that he would be so lucky to grow up in this generation of ours. The Millenial generation. Because there is such a shortage of mental toughness. To be almost … Read More Four Ways to Cultivate Mental Toughness

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This Week I Ate 90 Bananas and Ran 60 Miles

As soon as I woke up on Monday, my banana journey began. For a week straight (Monday, October 23th to Monday, October 30th) I aimed to ingest only bananas as a calorie source. Coffee, tea, club soda, and water accompanied my little yellow friends into the caverns. No salads. No grains. No sweets, no peanut butter. Only bananas. I shot for about 20 bananas … Read More This Week I Ate 90 Bananas and Ran 60 Miles

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In The Pursuit of Greatness

“If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it”. Thus speaks David Goggins, my fitness hero and constant mental companion to each hard run. The past year in Austria showcased a host inconsistent running as a result of constant traveling; this current school semester has yielded a tighter schedule than … Read More In The Pursuit of Greatness

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Unmotivated? Underwhelmed? Podcast Recommendations!

There are times–like this morning–where I wake up underwhelmed by my own goals and ambitions. I look at my watch to see the time, and I think to myself: these little numbers are trivial, and unwrapping myself from the safety of my covers is trivial, and tip-toeing across the unrelinquishingly squeaky floors to clamber into my cold running clothes is trivial. It’s the funk. … Read More Unmotivated? Underwhelmed? Podcast Recommendations!