Maggie Guterl Rises Above “Mediocrity” (Podcast #35)

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We tend to low-ball ourselves.

We generally have a tendency to believe we are less capable than we really are. We routinely underrate our true potential, and assume we can only go so high up on the achievement ladder. We see the accomplishments of others and rank ourselves against them… assuming that if THAT’S where THEY can get… we must be somewhere down just a little bit below them.

We need to believe we can rise above mediocrity.

We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. IF we can just STOP stopping ourselves and reach a little higher… it’d turn everything upside down. THAT… is exactly what happened to Maggie Guterl. One day, she decided to “get serious”, talked to a coach… and guess what her coach told her? That she could achieve something amazing. And she pushed Maggie to it. And she did it. We can all take a lesson from what Maggie has to tell us, whether we work with a coach or not. Join me for the conversation.

For the full chat with Maggie Guterl (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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Tough Ruck (Podcast #34)

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It’s a damn shame.

I’m a runner… a marathoner… so of course, I can’t help talking about, and even writing about, the Boston Marathon. This year, though… I feel compelled to talk NOT about the marathon itself… but something else. There’s a part of Boston Marathon weekend that I’m pretty sure most people don’t know exists. To be fair, there’s so much excitement on Boston Marathon weekend… I suppose it can be easy to miss – even I missed it for quite a while. But now… not only do I know about it… I can’t forget it. I’m talking, of course, about Tough Ruck.

The real meaning and importance of this event cannot be overstated.

The first of the coveted Boston Marathon medals goes, not to the first finishers of Monday’s prestigious marathon… but to the finishers Tough Ruck. You might, at first, be offended, or even shocked at that… but if you were there… you’d get why. Allow me to educate you…

For all the interviews and story on Tough Ruck (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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Michael Wardian Goes The Distance (Podcast #33)

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Who says it can’t be you?

There are people are out there doing some pretty amazing things… and often I find they simply fell into it by accident. No grand designs of fame, fortune, and conquering. Simply… “I want to run Boston”… or… “I’d like to stay fit in the off-season”. And then, before you know it… you’re crushing several 100 mile ultramarathons in a year and setting world records running marathons in 7 continents… at 42 years old… like Mike Wardian.

OK… so maybe he’s special… but the point remains!

I only just learned of Mike Wardian’s existence around the time I ran the Millinocket Marathon. From that point in time, either my awareness of him or his star power skyrocketed… maybe both. What I have seen of this man is the kind of thing I hope to see in the rest of the world. He’s unlocked the secret… and I’m thrilled to share it with you guys today.

For the full interview with Michael Wardian about his superhuman feats and a taste of his down-to-earth attitude (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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John Kelly, The Barkley Marathons, and “Heart” (Podcast #32)

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Maybe the impossible… is really just improbable

Something major happened in a relatively small and obscure part of the athletic world this past weekend. It’s the sort of thing that makes you stop and think. This thing… if you look at it in a big picture sort of way… kind of makes you realize (as if you needed another clue)… that maybe there is no limit to what we are capable of.

It’s all relative – put this in perspective.

An event called The Barkley Marathons occurred this past weekend. It is widely regarded to be the hardest footrace on the planet. There is no quick and easy way to describe to you how very physically and mentally demanding this race is – most people… honestly… simply cannot comprehend it. Suffice it to say… it is generally considered to be on the edge of human capability and next to impossible. This past weekend… a man named John Kelly became the 15th ever finisher in the race’s 31 year history.

Every once in a while… 

something truly special happens that gives people hope and inspires (a) movement of some kind. I think this year’s Barkley Marathons finish provided just that.

For the full interview with John Kelly about his incredible Barkley Marathons 2017 finish (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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Old Dogs, New Tricks, and Baby Steps (Podcast Ep. 31)

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Habits are hard to break… but it CAN be done.

After much pondering, it dawns on me that despite having everything you need to achieve success… it IS possible to not even make it out the gate. You can have attainable goals. There can be a plan in place. You can have support systems and you can have the tools themselves necessary to complete the task… but in the end… none of that may matter. Why?

Old habits may be holding you back.

Let’s have a chat about habits… and how maybe… you might already have the key to the lock. Forewarning: it’s going to involve work, trusting yourself (and me)… and a lot of time. Buckle up, kids.

For the full chat about breaking bad habits and establishing good ones (plus more!) check out the podcast episode on iTunes here, on Android here, or on the web player at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to hit “subscribe”!

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