I first read Christopher McDougall’s book titled Born To Run back in 2009. New Balance was a fairly new client back then and I was learning about minimalist running shoes through working with them. A decade ago, David Deck was a young executive with NB who immediately stood out in our three day long BTL retreat that was kicking off NB team practice. He kept asking questions and was almost childlike in his curiosity. Something inside of me told me we would become fast and forever friends. Ten years later, I couldn’t be more right. So, I’m rereading another book and it’s hitting me completely differently this my third go around because I’m different, quite different, a decade later.
C.S. Lewis was one wise dude. His reading discipline was to read two books he’d already read for each new one. I’ve not adopted his habit, but I’m beginning to do more rereading of old books that hit me hard the first go ‘round. This was one of those books, mostly because I’m not a runner (so I tell myself) but I’ve always enjoyed running. After reading this rant back in 2009, it would be only months later that littlest Fricker would hit with me with hard truth about my sugar addiction and forever change my relationship with sweets. Together we transform. Always together.
Become more disciplined, friend, in going back, not to loathe, linger, or romantically reminisce. Go back to study, learn, and apply. Go back to get better. Here’s some learnings from this trip going backward – Women crush men when it comes to ultra running. Take Leadville 100 trail run as an example. Nearly ninety percent of the women entrants finish under the 30 hour limit while less than half of the men do. The longer and more grueling the race, the better the females finish. The author seems baffled by these discoveries. I am not. In my study of human performance in business, sport, and life, over these past 26 years, I’ve come to discover that women are not the weaker ones. Women are endurance warriors. Women endure childbirth and, even more painful, endure marriage/partnership with weak, sorry ass men who can’t handle physical pain much less relational/emotional suffering. We men need a wake up call when it comes to commitments. We are called to be a steadying influence in the storm, a rock that endures crashing, relentless waves, and simply remains strong. We are born to run toward trouble, not from it. We are born to model the way, embrace pain and suffering, and embody truth in love. We are not born to run away. We are born to live hard and love harder. You are born to run. The question is which way are you running, friend?
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks).