One thousand four hundred thirteen.
Those are the numbers that sum up what my friend Steve Gasser did this past weekend: 1 guy; 100 miles, 1,413 minutes. Yep, he ran 100 miles in 23 hours and 33 minutes and finished 9th overall!
I remember when I asked him to join me for a half-marathon 2 years ago. He looked at me sideways and then said “sure, I’ll do it!” Since that day, he’s never looked back. His dedication, commitment to the required training – all done with a smile on his face – has never wavered.
I’ve completed two marathons (2012 and 2014) and will likely never do another one. Steve completed 3.8 marathons in less than one day.
Why His Accomplishment is Worth Noting
One hundred miles is quite the distance. It’s the longest race he’s completed so far but something tells me he’s already lined-up the next challenge. What’s worth noting in all of this are some of the lessons we can ALL learn from Steve’s accomplishment this past weekend.
Make the decision. In today’s edition of my Monday Morning Inspiration series I featured a quote from Amelia Earhart. I suspect the most difficult decision Steve had to make was whether to sign up for the race or not. I’ve known him for more than a decade and following the plan – whatever it may be – his part of his DNA. He’s a successful entrepreneur and knows what it takes to be successful. The thing is, crossing the second line of this challenging race doesn’t happen unless he makes the decision to sign up. You’re decision might not be to run a 100-mile race but until you make the decision to go and do what it is you need to do, there’s no chance you’ll be successful.
Follow through. Sure you’ve made the decision but are you willing to put in the work? To often we give up when the going gets tough. The training for a 100-mile race means being out there, pounding the pavement on good and bad days. It means carving out time to put in a 30 or 40 mile run. It means doing what the plan calls for whether it’s raining or snowing or 90 degrees out there. Steve made the decision and then followed through. Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to move forward when everything around you is telling you to quit? It won’t be easy. Nothing ever is but the smile on your face when you cross your second line will be as priceless as the one Steve had when he crossed mile marker number 100.
Give before you ask. When Steve shared that he had signed up to run a 100 mile race the community rallied around him. That was no accident. Steve has always been there to support and encourage others. He made the trip to Duluth when I ran my second marathon and was there to cheer me on at a few different places on the course. Like me, he’s a member of the #HutchRuns Community Running Group and he’s always supporting the members of the group. When it was his turn, the community rallied around him. The same applies to you and your goals. You must learn to give before you can ask. If you are present to the community, they, in turn will be present when you need them. It’s simple I know but it’s often the one thing we forget.
These small takeaways can help us all achieve our goals and achieve great things.
Congratulations to you Steve on this most amazing achievement. Thank you for allowing us to learn from you – without having to run 100 miles!