Since November 2005, I’ve raised $1.5 million for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation.
I’ve run twenty 100-mile races in one year.
That same year, I beat out Lance Armstrong to be Outside magazine’s “World’s Toughest Man”.
My motto: Make Big Things Seem Small
If something seems overwhelming to me, I think about what I can do next.
During my second Badwater, I thought about quitting. There’s a point in every race where I think about quitting. The blisters around my toe were so big..imagine a water balloon and what your toes would feel like inside of one. That was what my big toe felt like.
It was 130 degrees. When you see pictures of Badwater, you’ll see runners running on the white line of the pavement, because if you don’t, your shoes will melt. That pavement is 20-30 degrees cooler than the blacktop.
The One Second Decision
But if you’re able to think rationally in that moment, if you can look past your center focus and think about what’s past it, you can calm yourself.
Do Something You Hate Every Day
I hate running. I hate all physical activities.
There is No Finish Line
“How do you feel?” people will ask me at the finish line. First of all, that’s the worst time to ask an ultramarathoner questions. But I’m not thinking about the race I just finished. I’m thinking about what I have to do tomorrow.