Hey guys today I’m running a few easy miles with a familiar voice here on Diz Runs
If you look back to episode 215 at about a year and a half ago, we met Gary Stotler!
Just to bring you back to pace Gary was previously over 400 pounds and looking for a way to lose weight and improve his health, he began walking and eventually got into running.
Fast forward to today and Gary has completed numerous races up to, and including, several ultra distance events!
From 13.1 to 100?!
Since our last talk, Gary’s race preference has drastically changed. A year and a half ago Gary’s favorite race to run was the half marathon.
Today Gary claims the 100 miler as his favorite.
The mental aspect of covering 100 miles far out weighs the physical demands, at least in Gary’s experience.
During his first 100, Gary developed a couple of monster blisters on his feet. Gary was so dialed in mentally, he was able to power through despite the discomfort and finish the race.
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To say that Gary has a fondness for the Leadville 100 would be a bit of an understatement.
When Gary got into this years race, he put in the time and effort to prepare for a race he holds in the highest regard.
Sadly for Gary, this year’s race ended in a DNF instead of a belt buckle.
The strain of the race, as well as possibly overlooking the mental preparations, became too much to bear on this day.
Quite the Page Turner
Gary attributes most of his knowledge about success and running to his love for books.
Self-help and business books are Gary’s forte.
So clearly I wanted some more book recommendations to add to my queue.
Failing Forward by John Maxwell is Gary’s latest book recommendation, especially in the light of his last race.
If you’re looking for a word on how to move past your failures, Gary would highly recommend this book to any reader.
Inspired by Gary’s story? Find out more on his website, learn more about Gary and check out some of his merchandise!
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