I’m doing a 25x5k challenge.  Today is day 20.  What has this taught me?  What happens when I hit day 25?  Success is rented and the rent is due.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • Running a 5k
  • The Moab240 (which is insane!)
  • What is next?

Resources:

David Goggins – Can’t Hurt Me

The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

Transcript:

Good morning everyone. Welcome to the Path to 1 Million. This is going to be episode 152. So for those of you that follow me on Facebook, you know that I’ve been posting these photos every day or almost every day. I am doing this 25 by 5K challenge where I run a 5K every day for 25 days. And today is going to mark Day 20 of this journey. I was thinking yesterday, I was out for my run, and what it is is there’s this exercise path that goes along the ocean and it’s beautiful. I love running down there. It’s so nice. I don’t have to worry about the side streets because in Long Beach, if I’m running on the side streets, I’m literally taking my life in my hands because for some reason people around here in the morning time, don’t care about pedestrians.

They just put their foot through the floor and they hit the gas and then you just blow through intersections. I’ve seen so many people run red lights here. It’s not even funny. Anyways, so I’m running on the exercise path and I found a certain point on the path where I can actually stop, turn around and run back. And it’s right about the, it’s right about maybe like the 60-65% spot that I’m running. And so yesterday I was running down this path and keep in mind, I’ve been running like 5K’s now for probably the last like 15 days, right? And when I talk about running a 5K, I’m talking about how I start running a 5k and I end running a 5k. I don’t take any walking breaks in between. I run the whole distance, not very fast.

I’m not Forrest Gump, but I’m still, I’m still running that distance. And so I make it to the end of the of the first track where I’m getting to the spot where I turn around. And what’s interesting is, is that I get to that spot, I turned around and I start running back. And this little voice inside of my head goes, you know, cliff, you’ve done this so many times. You could probably walk this one thing, this, this one time today. And that thought, it’s like, like, I don’t even know why I continued to have these thoughts. To be honest. It’s, I turn around and I can run. I know I can run a 5k, I’ve ran a 5k like so many times now, but I still got this little voice of trying to negotiate inside of me. Right. And I call it my Lesser Self. And I think I’m going to call my lesser self Phil from now on. My Lesser Self

Phil is always trying to get me to, you know, stop the running and keep going. I’m like, no, I’m going to, I’m going to keep going. The sooner the more I keep running, the sooner this gets over. I know it’s going to take me about a half an hour to 35 minutes to run a 5K. I just want to get this over with and continue on my day. I mean, you know, why would I stop? What’s interesting is that I was reading up the other day that they recently had Moab240. And for those of you that don’t know, there’s this whole world out there of ultra runners that these people are people that run 100 miles, 200 miles. I don’t even know how they do it. I mean, I struggle to run a 5k for crying out loud, that’s like 3.1 miles. But these people are running a hundred miles or running 200 miles, the Moab240 that you go on and run, you actually have to get certified to be able to run it.

So it’s not like they say, Hey everybody, we’re doing the Moab240 and just anybody can sign up for it. You know, I can sign up for it. No, I can’t. You actually have to be certified. There are certain other races that you have to compete in and finish before you can even do it. Now the Moab240 comes on my radar because I have listened to David Goggins. I have read his book and he’s into these ultra marathon things. And his whole thing is to continue to push yourself. You know, rent is always due; continue to push yourself; push your body. The stronger you make your body, the stronger that you make your mind. So he is competing or he was competing in any ways. And this Moab240. And what happened is, is that mile 200 something happened.

They had to rush him to the hospital and apparently he had some kind of edema. And of course this immediately disqualified him from the race, right? The, the officials of the race are like, okay, you are out. If you’ve got to go to the hospital for in the first place while you’re on this race, you’re out, let alone have an edema. So he’s in the hospital for a handful of days. Now at this point, he very easily could have said to himself, okay, I made it 200 miles. I didn’t finish the race. I had an edema; the race is over; I can’t win it. I can’t place it, you know, it’s going to be, you know, a do not finish for me. I get it. But no! You know what this crazy cat does? He actually goes to the spot where he was taken to the hospital on the race course and he finishes it.

You know, the race is long since over, there’s no more aid stations anymore. There’s no more fan fare. Whatever it is, it is just him. Because he committed to the fact that, you know what, I started this, I am going to finish it. And he goes out there and he does the last 40 miles, you know, and that completely boggled my mind. Joe Rogan and he’s got his, a hugely successful podcast episode as well, but he sent out a tweet about it. And that’s actually how I found out about it. I’m like, man, this guy has got to be crazy. But it occurred to me that, you know, he started this, he’s going to finish this. Every single day that I go out there, is this something that I want to do? Not necessarily, but I do it because I’ve committed to this 25 by 5k challenge.

You know, I’m going to do it. So therefore I am going to make this happen. So I go out and I run another 5k. Today will be day 20. And when I was thinking about that, in preparing for my Facebook live, it occurred to me that, you know, over these past 25 days, I will have run so far, a hundred kilometers, which is about 62 miles. And for me to sit there and think about that for a second, the sheer fact that over the last 20 days, I have run 62 miles that’s kind of like a little bit mind boggling to me. You know, cause like before, I don’t think I, I don’t think I ran 62 miles over like five years, you know, but just the sheer fact that I’ve compacted this down into 25 days, that’s not including all the training time that I did before, like the entire month of August leading up into September was training time.

That doesn’t include the the start of the, of my first 25 by 5k challenge where on day, I want to say it was like day seven or day eight. I actually went down sick and I was off for two weeks. And I decided to reboot the entire challenge. And so I rebooted the challenge. But man, just to think of the fact that I have actually run 62 miles, like boggles my mind. And when this is all said and done, you know, the 25 by 5K challenge, I will have run 125 kilometers, which is about, you know, 80 something miles. But the thing is I don’t want to stop there because I want to start competing in 5ks. So I’m going to be continuing to run 5ks, not every single day like I’m doing now probably every other day, to give my body a full day of recovery to relax.

But it’s one of those things where, you know, once again, it’s these, these huge goals that get broken down into smaller chunks. You know, can I go out and do a 5k and I’ve, I’ve read online many people out there, you know, they don’t run a full 5k, you know, they run and they walk. But you know, number one, I’m glad that they’re just out doing something right. They’re pushing, you know, they’re pushing themselves to get some exercise which your body always needs. Cause I, you know, believe that we just sit around way too much as a society, sit in a chair watching TV or driving or whatever that might be. But you know, just getting out and doing some kind of exercises is always great, but it’s just one of those constant reminders that for me anyways, setting these big goals for yourself are important.

It’s your fact that I’ve run a 5k and I ran a 5k, now you know, multiple times, that’s great. But I committed to doing this running a 5k for 25 days. So I have to keep that commitment. Once I keep that commitment, once that’s over, then I can start leveraging this to do other things and, and start competing in other activities as well. But it’s just one of those things where, and I know I’ve said this before, but usually when it comes to my body, I am the worst person in the world because you know, I’ve never been much into sports. Physical activity to me is boring, but the older I get, the more important than I realize that it is part of my health. It’s part of my overall plan, healthy body, healthy mind. And the more that I, the more that I pushed myself in my body to do the do these things that it doesn’t want to do, the stronger it actually makes my mind.

And I see this reflected in the work that I’m doing and the projects that I’m taking on. And in the clients that I’m helping as well. So anyways, just wanted to share that little story with you and give you an update on the 25 by 5k challenge. As I said before, probably with the next, I should be hitting day 25 on that, which will be exciting because then I can wrap up that particular challenge and then just, you know, run to, you know, maintain and get a little bit better. Like I said, I want to start competing in 5ks. So anyways, that’s all the time that I have for today. Thank you guys all for stopping by. I really do appreciate it and thank you for the likes and the loves everybody. I appreciate that as well. And I will talk to you again tomorrow with another story. Make it a fantastic Friday. Make it a fantastic weekend.