Breaking Barriers

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Was down in Arizona coaching a baseball tourney when I knocked out 44 birthday miles… One of our kids’ Dad just so happens to be a loyal Daily Hustler and offered to run a few miles with me… 

Figuring our dude hasn’t run more than 5 miles in years and he had never run more than 13 miles, I felt like 15 was a good number to shoot for…

Of course, the 15 large recommendation was met with laughter & resistance the night before, but after a few margaritas, I got our man RTL to buy in… 

Here’s the deal… We as a society constantly put restraints and limits on ourselves that have been established by other people completely irrelevant and inconsequential to us. 

The legend of the marathon goes back over 2,400 years ago and many people dispute the story which led to the ultimate creation of what has become the gold standard of the endurance world. 

My entire lifetime we have been held hostage by the preordained distances of the mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon… Yet the reality is that we can run whatever distance we want and we are capable of so much more than we & just about everyone else believes… 

Knowing that RTL had never run more than 13.1, I wanted to make sure he knew that even without training, he had what it took to bust through that barrier. 

This actually had zero to do with physical fitness and everything to do with going beyond what is perceived possible… That said, RTL joined me and Kowalski for not just 15, but 16 miles of the 44 and CRUSHED them like a gosh damn fucking champion. 

Sure he was a bit torn up, but we all know there is no victory in anything unless there are legitimate work and sacrifice put into the endeavor… When I saw RTL later that night using the handrail at the stadium to assist him with each step getting down the stairs, I knew one thing… 

Barriers were BROKEN. 👊

Today, I would like to present to you the RTL Challenge… 

Daily Hustlers — you have one week to run/hike/walk more miles than you ever have, but this must be done in one continuous session. 

The mission is simple: whatever your longest distance is, go at least one mile beyond.

When you complete the task, comment on this morning’s Instagram post with your previous and new long distance. 

The most worthy and inspiring completion of the RTL Challenge will get an exclusive NOT for sale ORANGE Go Hard hat that only 4 different BAMF’s (badass mother fuckers) currently own… It’s an exclusive lid and an exclusive club.

Happy hat hunting & happy hurting 🏃‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️, 

EB