Post #3 There’s No Way I Can Do That

Believe me…I have heard it all and said it all.

“Run? I can barely use an escalator.”

Ok, maybe that one is a little extreme, but you get the point.

Let’s first be clear…I’m not trying to make you run. It’s not my goal to see hundreds of fat guys pounding the pavement. That sounds like a pretty “hefty” lawsuit, as entertaining as it may be.

We’ve already established I am fat (see post #2)…I can make those jokes.

In all seriousness, every person has their own passions and goals in life. Whether it’s running, climbing, biking, singing, dancing, playing chess, or building mansions out of Lincoln Logs, we all make excuses that get in the way of our success.

Running was a mental block in my head for many years. Biking, rock climbing, playing football or basketball, walking the golf course, officiating, no problem. Heck, half of those even involve some running. But run a mile? No way in hell. I can’t do that. Are you kidding me? I’ll never make it that far. I don’t have the stamina for that.

Sound familiar?

Researchers say that human beings use only 10% of our brain’s potential. Whether real or fake news, it helps illustrate a simple concept. Why waste the little potential we have worrying about things we have no control over? Why waste the little brain capacity we have making excuses instead of making things happen?

Maybe it’s just easier. Maybe it’s less scary. Maybe it’s just what you’ve been told over and over again by the rest of the world.

Here’s the reality…some people suck. Not everyone for sure. There are a lot of wonderful people in the world who will support you in all you do, but those people seem to be fewer and further between in today’s society.

So why waste so much time worrying about what they have to say? That 10% doesn’t leave much room for error. Screw them.

“There’s no way I could do that.”

Apparently I was wrong…you may be too.

Fat Guys Running Marathons would love to hear your story of overcoming excuses or any other comments about the blog. Feel free to comment on the site or send an email to fatguysrunningmarathons@gmail.com.

Attitude and Effort Award

This section is dedicated to acknowledging someone or something that has displayed incredible attitude and effort. If you have ever worked with me, you likely are dumbfounded by how long it took me to use these words on this blog. Attitude and Effort is a motivating concept focused on controlling the controllable aspects of a person’s life. People have the opportunity to learn and improve at any skill, but attitude and effort are two intangibles that must come from the heart and mind of each individual to be successful.

For those of you who attended the NIRSA Annual Conference, you are familiar with this group already. The Buried Life is a television show on MTV featuring four ordinary young guys from Canada who set out to cross items off their 100-item bucket list.

I know what you’re thinking…ride a bull, run a marathon, go to Australia. Well…you’d be right on the first two, but these guys added a few other unique assignments:

#95 Play ball with Obama
#25 Solve a crime or capture a fugitive
#46 Do a sketch with Will Ferrell

As the quartet criss-crossed the globe, they posed one question to everyone they met. “What do you want to do before you die?” For every item they crossed off their list, they vowed to help a stranger complete an item as well.

Their story proves anything is possible when you ignore the uncontrollable obstacles in your path and focus intently what steps YOU can control to make your goals a reality.

Check out their bucket list and web site at http://theburiedlife.com/.

Training Time

In this section each week, I will provide updates on my training for the Boston Marathon qualifying race. If you are looking for tips on heart-rate zones or the physiology of running, you may want to look elsewhere. If you want some content on chafing prevention and pre-race Pop Tarts, you’ve found your place!

I ran up against a classic villain this week. A dastardly, vile opponent of all athletes and pretend athletes…SORENESS.

Training for speed requires a firmness in certain body parts of mine that have dedicated themselves to flab for the past 28 years. Achieving that firmness means adding some weight lifting to my training weeks. If you have ever started a new type of workout after a long layoff (or forever), you know that the next three days create an instant crisis of dedication. Your muscles are sore, your joints are sore, your body is stiff, and moving at all hurts. Your body is saying “Hey, what the hell are you doing to me? Take me to KFC.” For a lot of people, this is a false realization that their body cannot handle exercise. “I can’t do it.”

I’ve felt this before. Race training is about training cycles. Runners, or fat guys who just happen to run marathons, set a goal a number of months out and plan their training runs accordingly to build up to the big day. After the race, the cycle starts over again. Soreness, despite all its misery, is just the start…a small indication of the pain and sacrifice to come.

But far more importantly, the soreness is just a small sign of the GREATNESS to come. The feeling of overcoming a seemingly insurmountable challenge. You can’t control if your body gets sore. You can’t control if your muscles ache. You do, however, have control over whether you choose to train again the next day. That’s what Attitude and Effort is all about.

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