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The Key to Becoming a Successful Runner (with Video)

What does it take to be a successful runner?

First and foremost, you should probably define what a successful runner means to you.

  • It could be running a certain distance.
  • It could mean surpassing a certain time goal in a particular event.
  • It could mean staying injury free for years on end.

Honestly, there is no limit to possible the possible definitions of a successful runner but one thing is certain: there are no shortcuts to success.

If you want to be successful, in running or in anything else in life, I’m sharing “the secret” that separates the success stories from the wannabes in today’s video.

You’re welcome.

Who Says It's Impossible?

Everything is Impossible Until it No Longer Is

“Some of the World’s Greatest Feats were Accomplished by People Not Smart Enough to Know They Were Impossible.”

~Doug Larson

What a profound statement, eh?

Think about all of the things that were “impossible” until they weren’t.

  • 4 Minute Mile
  • Sub-10 sec 100 meter dash
  • A woman running a marathon without losing her uterus along the way…

The list of things that were thought to be impossible until proven otherwise can go on for awhile, especially if we expand beyond the realm of running.

Why Put Limits on Yourself?

Who Says It's Impossible?

Who Says Something is Impossible?

What is impossible in your life right now?

One of the life lessons I’ve learned as a runner is that we are very often our own biggest obstacle. We have this nasty habit of convincing ourselves that something is impossible before we’ve even given it a shot.

Think about it, have you ever said “Oh I couldn’t do that”?

Maybe someone asked you to run a 5k with them, and you didn’t think that was possible.

Or the first time you thought about running a marathon?

Or my personal bug-a-boo, thinking about racing longer than 26.2 miles?

“Oh I couldn’t do that.”

Bull shit.

We (and believe me, this is directed squarely at me as much or more than it is at anyone reading this post) need to stop worrying about what we don’t think we can do and put ourselves out there to see what really is possible.

Because if we allow ourselves to believe that we can’t do something, we have a 100% chance of being right. But if we give ourselves a fighting chance, we might surprise ourselves…

Impossible is a Reality

Now, I’m not saying that you can do anything you set your mind to, if you’ll just work hard enough.

The second time that I had Dane Rauschenberg on the podcast, he caught me off guard when he said that some things actually are impossible.

Not what I expected from a motivational speaker.

But as he elaborated on that statement, it made more and more sense.

Some things just aren’t possible. Allow me to be the example here.

It would be safe to say that I’ll ever run a sub-4 minute mile. For me, that is impossible. But can I get faster at a mile? Sure!

If I dedicate a significant amount of time and effort training to improve my time in the mile, I will definitely get faster.

Eventually, I’ll reach my peak where due to my genetics and physiology I won’t be able to get faster. I don’t know what that top speed would be, but it’s safe to say it’s much faster than I probably think I could possibly get.

By going after things that seem “impossible”, even if we never reach that goal, we will often go far beyond what we think we capable of and find out what our limits actually are.

And more often than not, that which we truly are capable of is mind blowing.

Stop Holding Yourself Back

It’s time to blow your mind.

What are you currently preventing yourself from achieving? What have you convinced yourself is impossible, that you’ve never really even tried?

Maybe it’s running a 5k without stopping.

Maybe it’s running an ultra marathon.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what “it” is. The fact is, we could all do a lot more than we’ve done before if we would dare to attempt that which seems impossible.

Do it.

What is Something That Seems Impossible to You Now That You’ve Never Really Tried? What is Holding You Back from Attempting the Impossible?

How to Have Your Best Year of Running in 2016 (with Video)

Make 2016 Your Best Year of Running Yet

With the new year still fresh in your mind, what have you done to ensure that 2016 will be your best year of running ever?

You may not be able to guarantee that on December 31st you’ll look back on this year as your best ever, but you can definitely stack the deck in your favor.

How?

Press play on the video for a little more detail, but here is the abridged version.

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Overcoming Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Greatness

“The Greater the Obstacle, the Greater the Glory in Overcoming It.”

~Moliere


What is standing in your way of success right now?

What is preventing you from achieving something great?

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

You may never line up on a track against a couple of cheetahs (literal or metaphorical) but we all have obstacles that we have to stare down and overcome.

Overcoming Obstacles Isn’t Easy

In the book The Last Lecture, Dr. Randy Pausch talks about the brick walls that are in our lives, and how brick walls aren’t meant to keep us from getting the things we want but rather to show us how much we want them by revealing our willingness to get over the wall come hell or high-water.

I’m not much of a metaphor guy, but that one has always stuck with me.

If we really want something, we will do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever.

Overcoming Obstacles as Runners

What are the obstacles that you have to work to overcome as a runner?

Injury?

Limiting Beliefs?

A busy schedule with limited time to run?

People holding you back?

There are no shortage of obstacles that get in our way as runners as we move toward our goals, whether your goal is to run a mile without stopping or to qualify for the Olympics.

Set Your Goals High

I love it when people are willing to shoot for the moon in regards to their goals.

In fact, I’m a little envious because I really struggle with setting big goals.

That’s why this quote resonates with me so much.

If you’ve been following me very long you know that I have a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and right now the amount of time I must trim off of my time to qualify is ridiculous.

Some days it almost seems like running a BQ will be impossible for me.

But then I read this quote and begin envisioning how I’m going to feel when I get that BQ.

Right now I’ve got a brick wall that is 63 minutes and 34 seconds tall.

And when I figure out how to get over that joker, there is going to be one hell of a party on the other side!

What Running Obstacles are You Working to Overcome?

In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

Quick Tip–The Importance of Doing the Little Things

The 10,000 foot view of running is pretty simple: keep putting one foot in front of the other until you get to the finish line, then stop.

In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

But if you have goals for your running, there are many little things that you can do in order to make sure that you achieve your goals without falling apart first. Read more