Thoughts on: Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Goggins, Goggins, Goggins! This guy is proper crazy!

He managed to escape an abusive family situation and decided become a navy S.E.A.L. The problem was that he was overweight, uneducated and unprepared. This was the starting point for the man that grew to become one of (if not THE), toughest endurance athletes I’ve come across.


📝 About his abusive childhood home: “Glossy surfaces reflect much more than they reveal”. Great expression!

📝 “Motivation is bullshit.”

📝 “I brainwashed myself to craving discomfort”. Schedule suffering into your life.

📝 It’s funny, humans tend to hatch their most challenging goals and dreams, the ones that demands the most effort and promises absolutely nothing, when we are tucked into our comfort zones.

📝 Ran 100 miles without training, on broken legs, pissing blood.

📝 Had the world record for most pull ups in 24 hours in 2013 (4030).

📝 When you think you done your upmost you’re probably only at 40%.


⭐️ TAKEAWAY:

The most common excuse Goggins hears for not working out is that people don’t have time. We get it, we all got stuff to do. “You must win the morning” and master the dark hours, when your spouse and kids are asleep, he says.

So, how do I act on this? I’m waking up 05:30 for the coming 66 days. The extra time in the mornings will be used for exercise, meditation, reading and writing.

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⚖️ VERDICT:

This book made me add another 10km on my regular run last Sunday. There where two reasons: First, the book is really solid and I didn’t want to turn off the audiobook. Second, Goggins made me realize I’m not putting in even half the effort I could.

This book will challenge you to set the bar higher for yourself, If you can look past the Navy jargon..

What your morning routine? 🤔


4/5

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Thoughts on: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall

4 years ago I was in the worst shape of my life. I felt that something needed to be done and that it was time to get my priorities straight.

About this time I found this book and it really sold me on long distance running. It was a perfect fit for me. I’m not fast, but persistent. I’m not into team sports, but love to compete against myself. And I rather spend time in nature than in a sports hall.

The books tells the story of the authors search for the mysterious Tarahumara Indians, the running people, that live most hard to reach areas of the Copper canyons.

Caballo Blanco, a running lone wolf, who lives among them becomes the key to finding out the secret to their amazing endurance.

The problem is that this Caballo guy is not easy to find either. And he has a plan of his own; To arrange one of the worlds toughest races, where the worlds top ultra runners will compete head to head with the Tarahumara under the scorching Mexican sun.

This is the second time I read “Born to Run” and the arguments about how modern footwear is the source of all running injuries and that chia seeds is the silver bullet when it comes to a healthy diet, feel extremely week and exaggerated this time around.

My own theory to why we have seen an increase in running related injuries, while shoes get more and more high tech and bouncy, is that people live more sanitary lives today. And they have done that for a long time. To expect yourself to be able to run a Marathon with just a couple of months of training, after spending 25 years in an office cubicle, is naive at best.

This will lead to all kinds of injuries because nature don’t allow for the same type of instant gratification that Netflix and overnight shipping does.

What really makes this book shine is not the science it presents, but the story and the characters. I hate to use the word “inspiring”, but I think I have to in this case, because this book brings a smile to my face and makes me want to run all day.

📝 You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because stop running.

📝 Runners peak around 27 but you will reach an age of 64 before you get back to a teenagers ability.


5/5

 

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