Running Motivation – with Dean Karnazes

It is an absolute pleasure to introduce Dean Karnazes for my next edition in the Running Motivation series. I have been inspired by Dean Karnazes for well over a decade, and I remember reading about the Ultramarathon man around 2009 and being inspired to run myself. I have had the privilege of meeting Karno on numerous occasions and carried out a full interview with him in 2017 “Dean Karnazes – Running Legend“. If you have not heard of Dean, where have you been? Google him and buy his book, you won’t be disappointed.

What has been your highlight of 2019

One thing that makes me proud in 2019 is being named to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award. This award speaks to my ongoing commitment to athletic excellence and virtue. The first recipient of this award was a great mentor of mine, Mr. Jack LaLanne. Arnold Schwarzenegger was also a winner, and who wouldn’t want to belong to the same club as the Terminator. (haha)

What are you most looking forward to in 2020

Every New Year brings new opportunities and new challenges. This is the same for every human. What I most look forward to in 2020 is embracing these opportunities and challenges with the sum total of my being, to truly immerse myself in the highs and lows and savor the journey. The closer I get to the ultimate finish line (i.e., a pine box), the more I realize it’s the journey that matters most.

What are your top 3 tips to stay motivated to run

1. Embrace the suck. When you’re having a crappy run really delve into the misery of it and laugh.
2. Learn to love running for the act of running itself, nothing more.

3. Run naked. You’ll get to know your neighbors (and the police) in a whole new light.

I absolutely love Dean’s answers, as always, you can expect something a little different different from Dean. I must be honest, I don’t think I will be running away from the police naked anytime soon, but that certainly would be motivation.

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