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The Running for Real Podcast

Dec 22, 2017

Want to hear something incredible?  Nick Butter ran a whole marathon at the young age of 11 years old.  Yes, I would say that is incredible.

This interview is for those who love adventure, endurance running, and are passionate about life.

After running 318 marathons, Nick still labels himself as nobody special.  From all these experiences, he gives us advice and unique tricks on what to do when we are hurting during a race.

He believes everyone should make the effort to push or challenge themselves.   He says he likes to push the boundaries.  He sees training not only for the body, but the mind, as well.  He also believes anyone can run a marathon if they have the desire to do so.

We discuss a process of adding more time to your life so you can be more productive with the short amount of time we have on earth.  It’s called getting up an hour or so earlier daily.  I do this, and encourage you to try this to accomplish more in your life.

He gets real while sharing one of his running failures and what he learnt from it.  He also shares ideas on staying mentally strong while struggling.  He provides specific examples of how he used mental toughness to get over his failure.

As a charity fundraiser, he describes the environment and safety obstacles he will need to take into consideration for his Running the World 196 running challenge.  This is his world record attempt to set 8 world records for running a marathon in every country starting in January, 2018 and to raise money for prostate cancer.

Today's Guest

Nick Butter

Nick is someone who wears many hats.  He is an ultra runner, endurance athlete, adventurer, a charity fundraiser and motivational speaker.  He has run 318 marathons and around 70 ultra races, so far.  In January, 2018, he will be taking on the Running the World 196 challenge he created to raise funds for prostate cancer in the UK to support his friend, Kevin who has prostate cancer.

What You Will Learn About

  • What Nick means by leaving a legacy and why it is important to him.
  • How you can get out of your comfort zone.
  • How to help others or yourself change their/your negative outlook on life.
  • How can you pick a challenge that your body can handle, but is still a stretch for you.
  • Why he started Running the World 196 and what it is about.
  • Why should humans push themselves?

Inspirational Quotes

The message is about living life with intent and purpose and really being aware of what you’re doing.

If you make that active decision to want to change A) You have to really want to do that yourself, B) Try and start saying yes to things.  The more you say yes, the more opportunities you are exposed to and the more positive your outlook on life, because you’ve done something you may never have done before.

We don’t fully value the time that we have on the planet.  We will assume that next day exists.

I want the legacy to be that DO NOT underestimate how valuable and how hugely privileged we are to have this amazing life that we have and this amazing world.

I go to bed every night and I say to myself have I lived today as happy as I should be?

You give yourself an extra month of time by getting up two hours earlier every day.  Use those two extra hours in a day to do what you really want and that will probably start to change your outlook on life.

I fundamentally believe that most people on the planet that are able bodied can get out of bed and go and run a marathon.  Now, it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be painful, but running I believe, again it’s only an opinion, but I believe is mostly in your mind.  What training does for me, yes, it trains my body, but actually all that’s doing every day I go out and train is it’s giving me an extra building block in my mind saying actually I’ve done this, I can do this.

If you believe in something, you can do it.

Things don’t work for a reason.  You need to identify why, work on it, and learn from it.

I kind of like the idea of failing. It sounds ridiculous, but I like the concept of doing stuff and not being able to do it and coming back again, because it means you truly pushed yourself.

Resources Mentioned

Last week's interview with Emma Coburn

Nick's website 

Nick on Twitter

Nick on Instagram

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