No Limit

I woke up yesterday. It was run day but I felt lazy. I skipped my morning run. At 11 am I was all guilt. Fortunately it wasn’t warm. I ran my longest run ever. For the last 500 metres, I was on such a high, I ran as if my life depended on it.  If you engage in any form of mental or physical activity, what is your limit? Is there such a magical glass ceiling and how can you find out?

Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur, founder of the large private jet card company and owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Jesse is an ultra marathoner and very fit. He was keen to find out if he had any limits. He invited a Navy Seal to come and live with him for a month. When he started he was averaging 6 miles at 9 minutes a mile. During the training period, illustratively, his day included a 12 mile run, 300 push ups and 100 burpee’s. If you have ever tried it, you know 10 burpee’s knock the wind out of you. The cold did not matter. He ran in 14 Degrees Fahrenheit in shorts. On another day, when he thought he could do no more than 10 pull ups, he did a 100. Remember, while he was already fit, he was pushing boundaries that he thought were impossible. All it took was the will and the courage.

The lesson is simple. Our mind sets limits. We tell ourselves – I think I can run 100 meters. You usually stop at 90. Once you free yourself from limits, there actually are none. In the words of Itzler – the harder the training, the more the courage it takes. The more you do, the greater the satisfaction derived. You get one shot at life. In this life, you should find out what is in your reserve tank. Coasting is for sissies as the SEAL would say. It is when you dig deep that you feel alive.

Hopefully some of this belief will rub off on you.

PS: before you go inviting a SEAL to your house or experimenting with your limits, please realise that these are difficult activities. It requires extra-ordinary good health before you can safely engage. Please definitely consult a doctor before you try any of this.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.