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Don’t Run Alone

TeamCaptain —  August 14, 2012

dont run aloneI am on my knees gasping for breath and willing my arms & chest to push out 15 more push-ups.  I was toast!  I had run 8 miles, done 250 pushups & 100 pull-ups and we were only 3/4 of the way to our goal. My upper body was as rubbery as gumby.

I was beginning to think I had bitten off more than I could handle. Doubt was slowly slithering its way into my mind.

“You cannot do it!  13 miles, 250 pull-ups & 500 push-ups – YOU IDIOT.  Why did you decide to do this?,” I thought.

Then I heard the voice of Cyborg, “Hey you gonna finish with those push-ups or what?  Let’s get going if we are gonna run an extra 7 miles.” Continue Reading…


Creating MomentumYou have finished your first team uppercut workout. For some of you it was easy. For others it was torture. It doesn’t really matter where you are on the “Easy vs.Torture” scale. What does matter is that you continue moving forward.

Conquering life’s challenges is all about momentum. The hardest part is over…the beginning. Now you need to keep that momentum moving forward.  To keep the momentum going I would suggest you do a couple runs on your own this week.

Creating Momentum

Here is a suggested training schedule to continue the momentum that was create with your first workout. Continue Reading…

5K to 50K – Clinging to Faith

5k to 50kAfter finishing the Tough Mudder with more ease than I thought, my second goal of running a half marathon in the Fall of this year as the next event on my bucket list, all of a sudden seems a bit too easy.   After talking to Tony “The Cyborg” Thoma, I have decided to train for a 50K race in the fall of 2013.  Pastor Aaron has asked us to chronicle our journey in a blog, so here goes.

It is a beautiful but highly challenging race held in Duluth, MN.  You can see the details here:  Wild Race Duluth.  I would like to invite anyone else interested to join up with Cyborg and I in this journey.  It is a very large commitment and will not be easy.

At this stage the thoughts are… Continue Reading…

As I look through the picture Gallery taken by our personal photographer I began to feel a sense of pride in seeing all the members of Team Uppercut excelling.  It was what I would describe as a dynamic mix of personalities that shines through as you page through the pictures and the fact that all 15 participants finished mostly unharmed was nothing short of amazing. View the Tough Mudder 2012 Gallery

I learned a lot about myself and 14 others guys that prior to training for this event I did not know too much about.  If you search the internet you can find blogs all over the place about people discussing their personal thoughts and emotions as they grinded their way through the mud and misery of race day.  Continue Reading…

Today is day four of  5 simple tough mudder training tips that will ensure a successful completion of the Tough Mudder Race. These tips are simple because they are a necessary part of our every day lives. So check back each day for a simple tough mudder training tip. In yesterday’s post I shared a post entitled, Tough Mudder Training Tips: Eat Breakfast, if you missed it be sure to read it. Today it is all about setting goals.

 Day 4: Set Goals


Tough Mudder Training TipsThe reason we set goals is to help us get from where we are to where we want to be.   Many people do not set goals because they are not willing to commit to making them become reality.  Why?  Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of change. Fear of commitment. Fear of hard work (a.k.a. lazy).  Fear of the unknown.   Don’t let fear rule your live.  The only thing stopping you from reaching your goals is you.

Setting goals forces you to decide what you want your future life to look like.  To set goals you have to decide what you want from “X”. Insert anything you want for X – job, family, kids, body, team, etc.  This can be difficult.  Here are some tips that will help you set your goals.


Goal Setting Tips

A while back ago I read a post from Michael Hyatt about  setting goals within 90 days.  These 6 tips are adapted from his blog.  You can read it in more detail here: 90 Day Goal Setting Challenge.

  1. Have a few goals.  Productivity studies show that you can only focus on 5-7 items at one time.  So keep you goals limited to less than seven.Tough Mudder Training Tips
  2. Keep them action oriented.  Make it easy to act upon your goals by using verbs like, achieve, finalize,  or complete.
  3. Make them measurable.  You have to be able to measure progress towards your goal.  You cannot manage what you cannot measure.
  4. Make them attainable.  Don’t set your goals so high that they are unattainable.  Under promise and over deliver  is a good motto when setting goals.
  5. Have a time frame.  That is, set a date when you want to achieve your goals.   Put an end date to your goals.  Remember, dreams are just goals without an end date.
  6. Prioritize your Goals.  Give your most important goal the most time.  Rinse and repeat.


Benefits to Goal Setting

  • Goal setting is a great motivator to achieve what you want from life.  Setting goals will help define meaning, purpose and passion in your life.  It won’t create it, but it will help you discover and define it.
  • Goals help us manage our time.  There is purpose to what we are doing.  It causes us to evaluate how we use our time and whether or not we are using it wisely.  Setting goals will help you align your day to your values.
  • Goals will cause you to grow.  Every goal should take you out of your comfort zone.  Even if it is attainable it should push you a little further than you’ve gone before.

Those are just a few reasons to set goals.  If you are living life without goals I want to encourage you to set aside some time in the next month and set some goals for the upcoming quarter, summer or year.  Start working toward them immediately.