The struggle is the juice

That’s the funny thing about life. Some of us were designed to hurt more, designed to love more deeply, to need more joy. Our emotional capacity lies along a spectrum, each of us having been built with a different point of origin along that spectrum.

Emotion is fuel. Right or wrong, good or bad, it is the currency of all action. It is our driving force. Eliminate it and you take away all meaning to life. To live a life bereft of passion is to live devoid of all those things which truly matter.

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From Nick: I feel like I lost my way or my passion to working out

I recently found your YouTube channel which led me to your website. I am about to turn 38 and up until a few years ago, I was quite active either as a runner or in CrossFit. However, a few years ago I feel like I lost my way or my passion to working out. I get sore more quickly, my recovery is longer and while I have a good metabolism, I don’t fuel my body or mind for optimal performance. All this being said, I made it a goal of mine to compete in an Ironman in 2019. Do you have a recommendation for both a training regimen and what do you feel is the most important mindset when training?
Thank you for your time and passion for helping others. Nick


Body soreness is not a function of age as much as it is diet. Same goes for recovery and metabolism. This is congruent with your statement about not fueling yourself properly.

Start with a 3 day water fast to re-calibrate your body and mind.

Research and plan to start eating an anti-inflammatory diet for as long a term as you can. If you fail at it, cycle it one week at a time.

No alcohol, no added sugar, no sugar substitutes, no soda at all, no nicotine, get rid of all over the counter medications as best you can. Get 8 hours of sleep. Get away from anyone and everything that brings “noise” into your life as best you can.

Just about any Ironman training schedule will work. Find an easier one. The name of the game is consistency and avoidance of injury. Its less about the program and more about the attitude and mindset. All training is 85% psychological and 15% the mechanics. I’ve done Ironmans after not biking or swimming for over a year. I finished because I believed I could just on run training alone and that made all the difference.

The biggest reason people fail is not because they are incapable, it’s because they’re uninspired. They lack a good enough reason why they want to achieve some goal. A mental hack is to submerge yourself in environments and among people who are doing what you want to do. Do this and you’ll find yourself naturally drawn into action. We’re designed to be competitive, it is built-in to each and every one of us. Start small and work your way up. When you start seeing others do what you want to do, the ones that have less ability, less skills and less gifts than you, but whom succeed – you’ll be driven from within.

You can do it. Keep Going.

From Nick: I can’t thank you enough for taking time to respond to my email.  Your statement about being uninspired instead of incapable really speaks to how I feel about myself as it relates to working out or being more mindful of how I am fueling my body.  I often ask myself, “what am I standing in my own way of” and perhaps part of that answer is not being inspired.

I have done multi-day fasts, either water or juice (made from a juicer), and that has re-calibrated my system and I noticed that areas in my body that were sore/achy/inflamed all but disappeared.  I was thinking about doing a multi-day fast in January and this is the inspiration I needed to get me on a better path.

Thank you once again for your time and help.  It means a lot to me.


Just Embrace It

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin

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Greg Unger talks to sports podcaster Denny Krahe on his podcast talk show Diz Runs on life, darkness, health, mind and running.

Greg Unger

Greg Unger talks to sports podcaster Denny Krahe on his podcast talk show Diz Runs on life, darkness, growth, caffeine, health, mind, body, spirit and running.

At 6’4 and now 260 lbs, ultrarunning is one of the best ways to stay on top of your game, hands-down. If you want more energy, if you want a better body, if you want psychological strength and emotional resilience, you need to run.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle

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Your only job is to pick them up

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 55k Ultramarathon

And he piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it. – H Melville

Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line 55k Ultramarathon – 3 Day Countdown Begins
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How we handle our darkness determines whether or not we ever see the light.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

How we handle our darkness determines whether or not we ever see the light.

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Pain is the tuition you pay for living

Pain is the tuition you pay for living.
And the more pain you go through, the greater your potential.
Because if you can use your pain, if you can learn from it.
You will have graduated to a level most people will never know.
You will transcend this reality and operate out of a greater belief system.
Make no mistake – the universe bends only for the man or woman who refuses to give in. It knees before them in awe.

I’m asked all the time, what are you training for? And my response is always the same. #Life

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Low self-esteem and low self-worth are two of the most damning emotions a human can feel. They’ll destroy you and everything around you from the inside-out. They’ll cause you to be self-destructive – to fold in on yourself. And when we feel these emotions, others will continue to put us down for a lack of self-respect, compounding the issue.
The best way to remedy this is isolation and finding a way to prove to yourself, your own self-worth. Ultrarunning is an expression that allows a re-calibration of the mind. It allows anyone, through its accomplishment, to gain back self-worth and self-confidence that all of us so badly need in our lives.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. – Jobs

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