What Can You Do?

Written by on Jul 6 2013
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The Run

I just ran 10 miles. Not only was it the first time I’ve run that far, but I did it without stopping. A week ago I was still “getting back into running,” and trying to running 5K without stopping. Then four days ago, I went for a run. I felt great and decided not to turn back at 2.5K (which is my normal half way). By the time I was done, I had run 6.2 miles. A new record.

Yesterday, I went out for a lunchtime run and ran 5 miles. I just wanted to see if the 6.2 was a fluke. Tonight I felt stressed, so I went for a run with no real plan on the distance. By the time I was close to home I was at 7.4, so I decided to run some neighborhoods and go for 10. I did it.

How I Did It

  • I didn’t set a goal for any distance.
  • When I approached a number, I thought, “Wow, 7 miles is awesome, I bet I can do 8.”
  • When I came to an intersection I’d turn away from the house, forcing more distance.
  • When my feet hurt, I paid attention to them to assess the seriousness, and then I’d focus on something else and forget about them.
  • When my muscles hurt, I’d smile because that pain meant I was doing good work.
  • When I wanted to stop and rest I said “No,” I knew it was just going to be harder after resting.
  • I didn’t dwell on shitty thoughts.
  • I enjoyed the whole run.

Here’s the Point

Four days ago, I would have said there’s no way in the world I could run 10 miles in four days, let alone 6.2 that day. If you had asked me this morning if I could run 10 miles tonight, after having run 5 yesterday, I would have said, “No way.” But I did.

What can you do in four days, or even today, that you think is impossible right now? Do I think you can go run 10 miles tomorrow, or build something amazing, or close that deal, or fill your daughter with self-esteem? How should I know? But that doesn’t mean you can’t. Just go out and do it.

In the comments tell me what you’d like to do but what you think is impossible.


Hi I'm Steven,

I wrote the article you're reading... Steve is the cofounder of LessEverything. He's also cofounder (now single dad) of three beautiful children. His interests are health, exercise, the beach, looking beautiful, and dancing at inappropriate moments.

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