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People like to ask me what the toughest part of #777project was. There were some tough sections: running 100k in Antarctica, running back and forth on the same 1.5 mile trail for 12 hours overnight on New Years Eve, and running in the Arctic where it got so cold my water froze solid. . With all that said, this section on the @thenorthfacethailand 50k tried to break me. It was the only race where I thought to myself "I could totally quit right here" and let the thought dance in my mind for more than just a few seconds. . I thought I started off well, but the back half was a single-track trail with no footing that went straight up for about 2 miles. NOBODY could run it so you did your best to power hike it and it just zapped your energy and momentum. There want much of a path and you had to push branches out of your way as you were climbing. It was absolutely demoralizing. . This shot was at the top of that hill as the path started to clear. I can't tell you exactly what I was thinking here, but I'm pretty sure I was making up new swear words that never existed before that moment. . I thought more about quitting that race than I've ever thought about quitting any other race ever, but I didn't fly halfway across the world to not run the whole thing and I wasn't going to start now - so I gritted my teeth, stared at the ground and focuses on one step at a time. . No matter how strong you get or how much you run, the race is always decided in your mind first. Decide what you're going to do and then finish what you started. #boom #getsome . http://impossiblehq.com/777 . #777 #777project #pushyourlimits #dosomethingimpossible #fitness #endurance #running #tnf50k #getafterit #wedohardstuff #pencilsofpromise #thailand #bangkok #khaoyai #rogerthat #inspiration #motivation #discipline #disciplineisfreedom #beafinisher
FINISHED. . Race #5 is in the books for the #777project! . This was the North Face Thailand 50k race for the Asia leg of the project, but don't let the distance of the race deceive you. There's a reason this is a qualifying race for UTMB. . No joke, this race tried to break me. I felt great through 18 miles. We did a ton of climbing through the first 25k, but my legs felt good and the rest of the race was supposed to be rolling hills (plus a quick single track climb). . LIES. ALL LIES. . The short single track climb turned into 2 miles of "no track" climbing, plus a mile straight down of basically stepping stones with no clear path. . I think mile 20 took me 30 minutes just cause there was no where to put your feet! No one was moving much faster either. . One I got down from that climb, my legs were completely trashed and I tried to hold on through the finish line, but no lie - this was an ugly one. . I've done a lot of hard (and long) races that hurt quite a bit, but I have never quit a race before (or even entertained the thought of it). But, over the last ten miles of this race, that thought popped into my head over and over again, but I put my head down and kept going (while cursing every small incline on the way). . With all that said, it is done. FINISHED. #boom💥 . 777 Update! ✅ 5 races finished ✅ 5 continents visited 🇺🇸 🇨🇱 🇦🇶 🇹🇭 🇦🇺 💰 $123,722 raised for @pencilsofpromise . Only 2 races to go and just over 2 more schools to build - PLUS I'm matching all donations. . Let's do this 👉🏼 http://impossiblehq.com/777 . . . . #777project #ultramarathon #ultra #marathon #travel #instatravel #fit #fitness #instafit #fitnessmotivation #running #runnersofinstagram #runners #asia #thailand #bangkok #bkk #tnf50k #thenorthfacethailand2017 #embracethesuck #pushyourlimits #dosomethingimpossible #gymjones #mindgames #endurance #athlete

Welcome to hell.

1 week, 1 day ago

One of the best events I've ever been to. The closing party location wasn't too bad either. Nice work @_johndurant 👍🏼 . . . #impossible #wildventures #Hollywood #hollywoodhills #la #LosAngeles #siliconbeach

3 weeks, 3 days ago

Mid-afternoon ice baths as part of the rest and relaxation regimen. . . . #impossible #pushyourlimits #dosomethingimpossible #impossiblehq #cst #coldshowers #icebath #xpt #wimhof

3 weeks, 5 days ago

Mid-day recovery sessions with @foreverjobless . . . #recovery #movewell #movewellapp #normatech #coldtub #hydrotherapy #sauna #gal #austin

4 weeks, 1 day ago

Was going through some photos and found this gem. This was post-Thailand North Face 50k - the race that tried to kill me. I did this 2 weeks after the 100k in Antarctica (and my 3rd race in 6 weeks). Woof. . Going in - I was super confident ("I just did a 100k, I can do a 50k no problem"). Turns out I’m way better in the cold than I am in the heat. Also, that beard is way more helpful in the Antarctic than it is when you’re running single tracks and out-and-backs up hill after hill in 90º+ heat in a Thai jungle. . I finished - but man, I have never thought about quitting a race so much before in my life. . Lesson: the distance is only one part of the equation. . . . #ultra #ultramarathon #endurance #rogerthat #getsome #getafterit #stayhard #ultra #goggins #impossible #impossiblehq #impossiblefitness #pushyourlimits #dosomethingimpossible #777project #marathon #runner #tnf50

1 month ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

500! Wow! . I remember when I first found out about @pencilsofpromise - back in 2012 - the #impossibleones goal was getting to 100 schools! (We made a video about it and everything). 😂 . This week, they’re inaugurating #500 - woah. . It’s amazing to see how things have changed and grown over the years and humbling to think @impossiblehq has helped build 8 (8!) of those schools (I know, I owe you guys an update coming soon). . Watching the original #impossibleones video feels like a different lifetime ago. A lot has happened since 2012, and PoP does a lot more nowadays than just build schools - but I’m so proud to have been able to be a small part of the #popfam, be able to give back, and help other people #dosomethingimpossible. . If you want to take a wild trip - swipe ➟ to see some of the #impossibleones original videos and our first #impossible school. More updates coming soon :) . . . #pencilsofpromise #dosomethingimpossible #pushyourlimits #impossible #impossiblehq #impossibleorg #giveback #give #pop #inspiration #motivation #dogood

1 month, 1 week ago

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