The Struggle I Chose

The other day my brother, reacting to another tweet, replied, “Love this. You don’t avoid struggles so much as you choose them.”

I thought about this in the context of my running. It’s a struggle I have chosen for myself. To be fair, since I started running in April 2020, most of my time running hasn’t felt like much of a struggle, but there have been moments.

Like when I was back in New Jersey visiting my dad last fall. When I got to Jersey in September, my runs were fun. I ran down the country roads of my hometown, past farms and heavily wooded neighborhoods, breathing in fresh air that smelled like pine needles, or cut grass, sweet dirt and leaves. Then November came and breezy, 70 degree runs became freezing, 24 degree runs. It became hard to run. Hard to motivate myself to leave the house for the pitch black, bitter outdoors. That sucked. That was a struggle.

Then I returned to San Francisco, and a resumed my runs in the moderate climate of the Bay Area where the temperature rarely poked above 75 degrees. Runs along the Great Highway, along Ocean Beach. Runs through Bernal Heights, the Mission District, and Noe Valley. Easy peezy.

Then my wife and I moved to Miami on August 15th and I resumed my daily running on the 17th. Holy shit. Running in 90 degree heat with 70% humidity is a whole new type of struggle. Breathing is thick, soupy, tropical air makes maintaining a low BPM, even at a slow jog, impossible for me.

Once I reach around 4 miles on a run now my heartrate is hovering around 150 BPM. In order to not overheat my engine or blow a gasket, I’ve decided to break my runs into two chucks to make them more managable. I started breaking up my runs this past Saturday.

I’ll be consulting Youtube for better methods of running in the heat than the one I’m currently using.

This is the struggle I chose.

Vigilance, but like, more than that.

I’m engaging in some false advertising with this brand. It’s not really about staying vigilant. I mean, staying vigilant is part of it, but it goes beyond that. The real philosophy behind Stay Vigilant is about goals, and not just keeping a watchful eye on them, but acting on them. You have to be ready to act on what your instincts tell you is coming or what you’re going towards.

In my world there are sheep goals and there are wolf goals. Sheep goals aren’t being paid attention to. They’re passive. They’re out in a field, chewing grass with the herd, getting led around by a sheep dog. That doggo is such a good doggo but he’s not working in the best interests of your sheep goals. His objective is to just to keep your sheep goals moving around in circles all day, every day, and then get em all back to the pen at night. They’re going nowhere quickly and eventually they’ll be attacked and killed by others’ wolf goals.

Wolf goals, on the other hand, are the persuers. They’re active. Wolf goals have their eye on their objectives and they figure out how to bite into them and acheive them. If enough thought and strategy has been invested in each wolf goal, then they can been attacked one-by-one. You can adapt your strategies to changing circumstances while your eye is always on the prize.

You always want to be the wolf in any situation. You always need to be ready to pounce on your goals when the time is right. Some wolf goals are nearby your den, and don’t require many steps to achieve, while other wolf goals require a trek across valleys, rivers, and mountains and substatial planning is needed if you want to have any chance of catching them. The great part is, when you break any goal down into enough steps and substeps, the path toward that goal gets clearer and clearer.

In the coming months I’ll continue to lay out the details my methodology so that you can be the wolf of your goals.

Run – SUN 22 AUG 2021

Run - Sunday - 22 AUG 2021

Run - Sunday - 22 AUG 2021

6.18 miles for the day
107.2 miles for the month
1,287 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – SAT 21 AUG 2021

Run - Saturday - 21 AUG 2021

Run - Saturday - 21 AUG 2021

5.65 miles for the day
101.0 miles for the month
1,281 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – FRI 20 AUG 2021

Run - Friday - 20 AUG 2021

4.47 miles for the day
95.4 miles for the month
1,275 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – THU 19 AUG 2021

Run - Thursday - 19 AUG 2021

5.78 miles for the day
90.9 miles for the month
1,271 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – WED 18 AUG 2021

Run - Wednesday - 18 AUG 2021

5.67 miles for the day
85.1 miles for the month
1,265 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – TUE 17 AUG 2021

Run - Tuesday - 17 AUG 2021

5.02 miles for the day
79.5 miles for the month
1,259 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – FRI 13 AUG 2021

Run - Friday - 13 AUG 2021

5.70 miles for the day
74.5 miles for the month
1,254 miles for the year

Categorized as Body

Run – THU 12 AUG 2021

Run - Thursday - 12 AUG 2021

6.73 miles for the day
68.8 miles for the month
1,248.7 miles for the year

Categorized as Body