Why, Russ? Why?
The question I'm asked most often is why I do ultramarathons. Why do I push myself so hard? Why do I continue to do longer, harder and more extreme events?
Well, it's a super complex answer. BUT, to simplify,
I refer people to what I call my athletic mission statement. My mental skills coach, Brian Alexander suggested that I write it. He too wanted to know my "Why."
Here it is:
With focused and unrelenting drive, I will strive to maximize my athletic potential while demonstrating to others, through example, the value of proper behavior, self sacrifice and discipline.
The key words here are maximize and potential. But it goes beyond that. I'm also always trying to maximize my potential in ALL aspects of my life. I strive to be the best father, husband, doctor, brother, son, friend, etc., that I can be. Never settle. Have no regrets. Like the military says: "The only easy day was yesterday." "Get comfortable being uncomfortable."
I challenge others to do the same. NOW GO GET IT!!