Last week Coach Joe talked about putting more focus on the process versus the goal to help you learn to love life more versus always struggling and stressing over trying to hit your goals. And, the week before that I talked about allowing yourself to commit and actually do the process versus resisting it and creating excuses about why you can't start.
Crew if you haven't read those blog posts yet please do. They are so inspiring.
Today I want to talk about my story on how I surrendered to the process and how doing that, helped me come out of my latest 100 miler and 100k successful, happy with my results, and injury free.
But first, I want you to watch this quick video. Her name is Gemma Dawkins and her words are so motiv8ing and hits this topic on the dot!
Motiv8ers one of my long term goals is to one day run the Hard Rock 100 miler in Colorado. It is considered to be the hardest mountain race in the United States and it excites me every time I think about it. The thought of pushing myself to my limit on one of the hardest races in the world just sounds so EPIC and I can't wait to run that course.
But, in order to get into this race you have to run a qualifying race so you can put your name in for a lottery. But not just any race, another 100 mile race that is almost just as hard as Hard Rock. So in the beginning of 2016 I signed up for the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in Steamboat Colorado. This would be my first attempt in trying to get into Hard Rock.
This race was held in September of 2016. So plenty of time to train for it. That gave me 9 months to get ready. I totally had this. So I put the training plan together, started laying out the travel plans, and put my support crew together over the months that followed.
But as I traveled through the months I began to face a problem. I just didn't have the personal time to put in the training. Motiv8 wasn't even a year old yet and between coaching clients and handling the business side of things with Motiv8, I just didn't have the time to put in the miles needed to train for this race.
This problem really put me in a negative place. So much so that I gave up on my goal. 3 months before the start of the race I gave up and told everyone I wasn't going to do Run Rabbit Run 100. I told myself, and everyone else, that Motiv8, my clients, and my passion, which is my business, needed my full attention. I just didn't have the time to put in the miles.
For three weeks I was depressed. I didn't show it to others but I was. I even tried to hide the depression from myself. Told myself that giving up this goal was a good thing. But it just kept eating me up inside. it was driving me crazy that I gave up on this personal goal.
At the end of the third week though I had two people reach out to me. My girlfriend Alicia Ballew just looked into my eyes, noticing how stressed out I was, and said ,"You need to run that 100 miler no matter what. I think it is stupid that you gave up on it." Then later that day Jeremy Gosnell, my business partner, came to my 5pm Zilker SET and said, "Ty you have to do this race and I'll help you. Just tell me how I can help" These two people shocked me because they kinda agreed with me when I made the decision three weeks ago but their shift in mindset stirred the fire in me.
So now I have a little less than three months to train. I asked myself, "How am I going to get ready for a 100 miler without being able to put in the miles?" There just isn't enough time to get ready and I haven't really done any training yet. This problem was still frustrating the hell out of me because I wasn't going to change my schedule any to fit in the personal runs.
What was I going to do!?!?!?!?!
Well I asked myself what can I do? What exercise was I getting in?
The answer to that was. HIIT TRAINING! And I was getting a lot of it.
I coach five Motiv8 SETs almost every day and I came up with the idea that if I hit the HIIT training workouts hard with my clients maybe I can make my body strong enough, through the strength training, to be able to handle the 100 mile distance.
This idea sounded crazy but in that moment I let all my stress go and I fully committed to hitting the workouts hard every day and I made the commitment to myself that no matter how ready I was I going to show up to that starting line and give it my best effort.
I allowed myself to let my insecurities go and just allow myself to follow the process that I give my clients every day. The Motiv8 Training Program! =)
I started the process. I made the noon Motiv8 workouts the workouts I would work the hardest at. I found the heaviest weights I could find and I started smashing the workouts hard. I had two races coming up to test out my new training plan. The Tejas Trails Colorado Bend 60k and the Reveille 60k. I went into both races with no expectations because the most mileage I had done per week is just 30 miles.
The first race was Colorado Bend 60k and I finished that race in 8 hours and 57 minutes. The slowest 60k I had ever ran. Years before I ran it in 6 hours and 20 minutes. But I came out of that race injury free and feeling ok. Which gave me hope for my 100 miler. Then I did Reveille Peak 60k three weeks later with a little bit more running training and a lot more strength training and I did 7 hours and 47 minutes. Over an hour better then the last one and my legs felt great after this race. No soreness or pains. Which means my plan was working. I didn't have really any leg speed during these races but through the strength training I was becoming very durable and I was still injury free. Which, gave me a lot of hope for my 100 miler.
On September 16th 2016 I tolled the line with some of the best ultra runners in the world and I went for it. I started the Run Rabbit Run 100. I went into this race thinking I was greatly under trained but to my surprise that was hardly the case. Mile after mile went by. Up a mountain then down a mountain. 20 miles went by then 40 miles then 60 miles. My body was holding up. After 60 miles I was just waiting for my body to give up on me but it never did. My legs held up, joints held up, and there was nothing stopping me from running when I needed to run. Yes it was painful and really hard but I could still run. Unlike the 100 miler from the year before where I suffered from an IT band injury for 50 miles. It was so painful.
My support crew was there every step of the way and I found myself in the last 10 miles of the race running 8 minute mile pace down the side of a mountain with my pacer Leslie Elliot. It was ridiculous! I finished that race in 29 hours and 17 minutes conquering my goal time of 30 hours.
A training regiment I thought would never work totally got me into the best shape of my life. And I did it all with the Motiv8 HIIT Training! Here is the finish line pictue with the best crew ever. Love those guys.
Ok so that race was a success, which had me wanting to put it to the test again with the Bandera 100k race that just happened this January 8th. Here was the plan:
1. Do at least four Motiv8 HIIT Training workouts a week with my clients and work really hard!
2. Do at least three running workouts a week on your own or with the Motiv8 Running Crew. One Speed or Hill workout, one easy run but kinda long, and a long run on the weekends.
3. Make sure to eat at least 3500 or 4000 calories a day from real whole plant based foods. No processed foods.
4. For recovery, since I don't get enough sleep, I focused on making sure I had a window of at least 12 hours of not eating so my body had plenty of time to repair itself. Digestion takes up a lot of the body's energy and and when it is digesting it isn't repairing. So I made sure I had at least that 12 hour window in my day so my stomach could be empty and my body could work on other things. Ask me more about this in SET.
5. Make sure I get in at least one Yoga session or see Dr. Dave, who is a Sports therapist who works out of our indoor space, a week to help my body stay in alignment and workout any tightness.
I put this plan to the test at the Bandera 100k and it totally worked. I went into the race injury free and finished the race injury free, which is a huge accomplishment in itself. Finished the race in 11 hours and 24 minutes which was a 51 minute PR from the last time I did this race back in 2014. Here is a pic at the finish line with Motiv8 Crew and my support crew. Love these guys!
The difference between this plan and in past plans, is that in the past I would back off on my strength training so I wouldn't sabotage my runs during the week and I would focus more on making sure I hit a certain mileage goal each week. With this mindset towards training I would always have some type of injury during the training process. Which was so frustrating. With this new plan the focus is on strength training and making sure I get in those good quality runs making it quality over quantity. The focus is on the workouts not on the amount of miles put in each week. this new mindset has made me stronger then ever and has left me injury free for the past 8 months! Which is unbelievable! =)
So Motiv8ers there is two points in this story. First one is the easiest. HIIT Training totally works. It can make you so crazy strong. My journey has shown that. It will help you get strong enough to do anything you put your mind to. Even a 100 mile race. =)
The second point is to not put all your focus on the the end goal. As you could see above it gave me so much stress and heart ache. Once I finally gave up on the goal and just said what ever happens happens, I began to enjoy life and that is when the success came. I allowed myself to follow the process laid out in front of me instead of creating excuses or forcing something I couldn't do. Setting a goal helps you find the process but I learned to love the process more then trying to hit the goal. And you might find the goal comes much easier when you are enjoying the process! =)
Motiv8ers today all you have to do is step up to what ever is stressing you out. let that stress go. Leave your insecurities at home. Walk out that door and just follow the process that you know you should follow and learn to LOVE IT!
Love the Process!
This is what it takes!
Motiv8ers if you have questions post below. If not I will see you at your Motiv8 SET!
Time to make a new you!
Love the Process!
Coach Ty Out!