Running is bad for your knees…

But Running’s bad for your knees…

Ever had someone say this to you??!! I get it all the time. People will congratulate me on my successes and then turn around and warn me about the bad things that “could” happen… “oh I used to run and now I have bad/new knees/hips.”

Ever thought about this? One I completely disagree that running is bad for my body. However, think this through with me for just a minute. Can knees and hips be replaced? Yes, absolutely and I’d probably be up and running again in 3-6 months. How easy is it to get new knees/hips? Pretty easy, there’s specialists that do it all day long.

Now, how easy is it to get a new heart? Ummmm, I’m going to go with it being tougher. How easy is it to revive someone back from a heart attack? It can be difficult if not impossible in some instances.

I think I’ll take my chances. I can see my kids graduate college and get married with new knees and hips. It’ll be much more difficult if I’m dead…


I ran the Dirty 30 last weekend and as I was analyzing my numbers and statistics, I noticed something very interesting. Although I don’t trust my watch 100%, I do find the information valuable so I know what I’m doing right and where I can improve. The statistic that stuck out to me the most? My heartrate. I didn’t go over 148 bpm the entire 32 miles… Assuming the numbers are mostly accurate, this is amazing. 148 beats/minute was my max. I didn’t even get into zone 4 for a minute. Taking into consideration the difficulty of the course and the altitude, I’d say I’m finally on the right track for Leadville.

But one question I have is: how did I get to this point? How did I go from being 400 pounds, having high blood pressure, and barely being able to walk around the block to running 32 miles and keeping my heart at a rate I could sustain for 8+ hours??

Plain and simple. Doing a little more every single day. I always find a way to go just a little farther and make myself better every day. I don’t always succeed, in fact most days I fail… But no matter what day, I wake up to get better. All I need is to keep my momentum to the point where when I do have a good day, I can compound the effort into even bigger results.

The story that changed my thinking came from a book called “The Richest Man in Babylon”. To sum up the story it talks about a man who is told to throw a rock into the river every day as he walks past. So every day for a week he walks by and throws a rock in. On the 8th day he walks by and thinks I don’t need to do this, I can throw in a handful of rocks today and come back in a couple weeks and throw in another handful. He lost his focus and never returned…

Let this story persuade you to take consistent daily action toward your goals. You must put in the work every day if you want results. Fitness and Health isn’t something you can work on only when it’s convenient… You must put in the time every day and let time be your ally, not your enemy.

A common misconception is that I started running on day one. Nope. It took me over a year to take my first running step. Even when I did, I made it one whole block… From that day, it took me somewhere around 10 months to go from one block to 13 miles. I was able to compound my results by creating a daily discipline to make myself better every single day. So, next time someone tells you that a walk around the block won’t make a difference, think again. A walk around the block changed my life and has allowed me to accomplish things most people wouldn’t even dream of. If you don’t believe me remember this- It took me over 2 years to run a marathon distance, but by compounding my successes daily, it took me 4 years (total) to finish a 100-mile foot race.

“It’s doing the things you don’t have to do that will always determine the difference when it’s too late to do anything about it. Jackie B. Cooper

Run Epic My Friends!

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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