Inspiration From David Goggins

David Goggins was featured here in a previous entry. The video below is as inspiring as the first. He’s obviously taken his body and mind to a level that many will never see. I always enjoy this kind of story. Here is an individual has who defied logic. He’s done things that experts wouldn’t consider possible.

And no, I’m not suggesting that we all run 150 miles a week. My reason for enjoying this story is simple. It is a slap in the face to the limits that are often imposed upon us by others. The only way to find out what you are capable of doing is by finding out for yourself.

Perhaps we do not know as much about the body and mind as we’d often like to believe.

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“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” – Friedrich Engels

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  1. Ross – as always,you seem to ‘know’ what stories will inspire me. I love to run, and often use a 6.5 mile montainbike trail here that is very challenging… but nothing like a desert ultra! I have backed off a tad at late, and the results manifested painfully when I did stadiums the other day and was way off my normal mark. Truth to the idea that if you are not paddling furiously upstream, then you are drifting backward downstream. I am 51 years old, and am reminded of the video you posted of the 75 year old ultra-runner… time to crank the intensity back up and get my head back in the fight. Thanks for the reality check, and the great quotes as well!

  2. “The only easy day was yesterday.”

    Damn straight.

    What’s impressive about Goggins is that he doesn’t even have the physique of a typical ultra-marathon runner. They guy is carrying a good deal of muscle mass despite running 150 miles per week.

    I also wonder what’s tougher, running an ultra-marathon race or surviving two Hell Weeks.

  3. but at what point does this drive for “excellence” become a psychological and emotional addiction for control? I understand the value of the video in the sense that it praises dedication and hard work, but it seems that there is a dangerous element within his philosophizing about excellence that could be detrimental also. We are more than just physical machines; as humans we are multi-faceted emotional, spiritual, relational beings. When any of these are neglected we suffer holistically. I am aware that some could object to my interpretation here and say that I am reading too much into the video or some could say that my comments just prove that I am just an ordinary (not extraordinary) person who hasn’t broken past the ceiling of his own mediocrity (and I am sure on some level it might be true), but I also am convinced that excellence can also be exhibited in developing other aspects of our humanity (aspects other than developing a higher and higher pain thresh hold). I don’t know…I guess I just have mixed feelings after seeing this guy and hearing him talk about some of this. I am amazed on the one hand, but also feel a bit uneasy about his view on some of this. Well…just some thoughts.

  4. For those that interested in learning more about the bad ass that is David Goggins check out the following thread at bodybuilding.com:

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=129040301

    The guy used to weigh 290lbs. He dropped down to 190lbs in short order just to become a SEAL.

    [b]Goggins takes his suck-it-up pill every morning because no matter how unpleasant it is to swallow, he’s seen something that’s even more unpleasant to contemplate as the alternative. He’s seen “the look.”

    It was during one of his SEAL(s) hell week experiences that Goggins saw it. Running on only 15 minutes of sleep in three days, having gone through multiple obstacle courses and other punishing training events, his class had just been let out of the freezing cold water of Southern California. There stood Goggins and his classmates, shivering on the beach, when one of the instructors barked the order to get back in the water. The man beside Goggins turned and looked at him with a hollow gaze. He didn’t say anything. He didn’t have to. “The look” said it all. The man turned and left the group. He quit.

    Goggins views “the look” as a form of surrender, abandoning everything that he stands for. Surrender is never an option. “Running is running,” he says. “It hurts, but that’s all it does. The most difficult part of the training is training your mind. You build calluses on your feet to endure the road. You build calluses on your mind to endure the pain. There’s only one way to do that. You have to get out there and run.” Goggins stresses that he’s not selling himself as some kind of model for athletic success. “I don’t know if everyone should be doing this, definitely not the way I’ve done it,” he says.[/b]

  5. I just took a look at the link that Manveet put up, it says there that David had a heart problem since his childhood and somehow all this running didn’t damage him at all, he had a heart surgery after that.

    Here is a podcast that I found with him, he apparently barely sleeps and in the podcast he talks about that.

    http://competitorradio.competitor.com/2009/06/329david-goggins/#more-329

    This guy is AMAZING!

    “nothing lasts forever, especially pain”

    -Alex Allmert

  6. While I deeply respect this dude’s determination, dedication, and refusal to accept limitations, his commitment is far too intense and consuming to be anything for me to aspire towards. I think we all have boundaries or limits that we can seek out and push in many dimensions beyond physical endurance or pain tolerance. I personally am too interested in discovering and improving myself creatively, intellectually, and as a husband and a father to dedicate anywhere near that amount of time to any one pursuit.

    Nevertheless, this man is humbling.

  7. “Surrender is never an option. “Running is running,” he says. “It hurts, but that’s all it does. The most difficult part of the training is training your mind. You build calluses on your feet to endure the road. You build calluses on your mind to endure the pain. There’s only one way to do that. You have to get out there and run.” David Goggins quote taken from Manveet’s post..
    Great quote to motivate one’s self to never quit during training,no matter how tough it becomes.Never.

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