In 2006, Karnazes embarked on the well-publicized Endurance 50: 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Pete Kostelnik average 72 miles per day across the US. Eliud Kipchoge Sub 2:00 hour marathon, what a performance right? Then there are so local endurance athletes, Achim Heukemes. At age 69 (he is a record holder in numerous events 10x iron man champion, endurance events across USA) well he decided to do a charity run in the middle of lock down. Infront of his house there are two flights of stairs leading to the front door. 9 up 9 down and completed 7.000 laps. That’s 63.000 steps up, and 63.000 steps down. In 24 hours.
I mention him because he is a local runner, or extreme athlete should I say. And I am sure you also have someone like that where you stay. Someone who did some or other challenge that you maybe thought: whow, impressive. A performance where your thoughts went from whow impressive to I could never do that. LoL. Listening to others do them can also lead to a effect that I shouldn’t even bother. All been done. No one will care whether I do or not. True.
But your thinking is wrong, let me explain, don’t get annoyed. Listen if that is your thought then you are in the comparison trap. You are in a race, and others don’t even realize it. It is inside your mind.
So get out o your head, or you are dead! Yes seriously, stop that thinking. Stay in your frame of possibilities. Let those thoughts flow. You don’t need to do 50 Marathons, or run across a country. And it is not about getting into the Guinness book of records. It is about perseverance, endurance and being brave.
All traits that help you become a better, stronger and smarter runner.
For my 45th Birthday, I did a charity run, raising money for refuge kids. Running a total of 12 marathons on 12 consecutives days, in 12 countries. On my 50th Birthday which means German Winter…. Cold I thought let’s run 50 Kilometers. Thank goodness I don’t live in Milton Keynes anymore… would have meant 50 Miles. Gain self-trust when you overcome challenges. Overcome challenges gain self-trust gain self-confidence. Psalm 31:24Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! http://www.hypnorun.com