I arrived a little before 05:00 to scope out the terrain. There were patches of snow and ice on the path to the main paved trail, but the trail itself was clear. Short Sale and Spirit arrived early as well and got a few warmup laps in.
Motivators from 7
Good Mornings x 10
Goofballs x 12
Hairy Rockettes x 15
OYO Leg stretches
The PAX ran ~1 mile to the high school parking lot. Once all PAX arrived, we completed suicides by running halfway through the lot and back, then the entire lot and back, until 05:45 when we headed back towards the flags.
Freddie Mercuries x 15
Captain Thors to 5 and 20
Merkin Ring of Fire
Hold low plank until 06:00
During this workout, I asked everyone to listen for that voice in your head that tells you to slow down or stop, and to cast it aside and push through. If that voice crept up to you earlier, I hope you were able to silence it and keep going. There are a few men I’ve learned from about getting past the mental barriers we put up for ourselves.
One is Tim Kennedy, a special forces veteran, former MMA fighter, and overall badass. Tim has a saying, “hurry up and fail.” He keeps this in mind when he is training, whether it be jiu jitsu, running, whatever. The idea is that we all have our limit; running for 5 minutes before walking, a certain amount of merkins, etc. By pushing that limit as much as we can as often as we can, we are accelerating. The improvement may seem small on the micro level day-to-day, but over time the change is quite noticeable.
Another person I’ve learned from is David Goggins. Goggins is also a special forces vet and he recently put out a book titled “Can’t Hurt Me.” I’ve mentioned him and his book often, and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t yet. Goggins talks about unlocking our true potential by overcoming the mental barriers we create. This is done by “callousing your mind” and learning to push beyond what you thought was possible.
Next time that little voice creeps in, conquer your inner bitch and press on.
Naked Man Moleskin:
I was impressed with everyone’s efforts this morning. Jellystone took off quickly out of the gate and led the group the entire way to the parking lot. I later learned he was making up for not being able to set a time for his 1 mile run at the last Fitness Test he attended. Bold move to knock that out at the beginning of a Run Club! But he set the pace well and pushed the others, which was great. It is great to see the dedication PAX have attending a Run Club; their improvement was evident this morning.