Half Marathon Day


Day 13 – 75Hard Phase 1

This time last year, I was introducing one minute jogging intervals into my 45 minute walks. Walk 4 minutes. Jog 1 minute.

Today, I ran a half marathon. Last Saturday, I ran 14.5 miles.

I say this only because the only thing that stood between me and these runs were (a) conceiving that I could actually run this far – that there were no true genetic or physical barriers and (2) having a consistent plan.

I’m not special. Or I’m no more special than anyone else.

Belief that a thing is possible.

A plan to achieve the thing.

Consistent execution of that plan.

That is all.

I’m working a plan toward a marathon right now. And the only thing that can hamper my accomplishment of that run is a lack of consistent execution of that plan (barring injury).

Honestly, I’m more interested in this running thing being a metaphor or a test case.

Whatever your “half marathon” is, it’s nothing more than (a) belief it’s possible and (b) an executable plan. And of course consistent execution.

That’s really it. Regardless of the thing.

Belief. Plan. Execution.

There’s no magic.

Maybe a better way to put it: that is the magic.


Today is Day 11 of 75Hard, Phase 1 – in my attempt to conquer the full Live Hard program, cold showers and all.

The first book I’m reading during this 30 day reset: The Art of Impossible – A Peak Performance Primer, by Steven Kotler

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