Yes. I get it ultra marathon runners. You do this every day and for that, I applaud you and I am thoroughly impressed. I really am and one day I will join you for a race. Maybe.

For all other average walkers/runners/people out there, this story is for you.

I got a Fitbit a little while back and joined my Executive Class MBA’s Fitbit community. IT WAS ADDICTING! If you like competition, then Fitbit is for you, but it doesn’t end there, right?

I decided to push myself after a few 25k step days and tried 50k after a few months. When I realized that I could get a long early run before work in and still accomplish 50k, I decided, why not 100k, because, I’m crazy. I’m a goal setter and I always ask why not versus why. Right?

First thing learned about doing this: I planned and planned and planned. 54 miles in a day requires training and understanding how my body would react. I knew I couldn’t run the full amount, I am not an ultra-marathoner, so I decided that walk-running would be my best approach. I ran the first 10 miles and then broke it down by each 1/2 mile. Bottom Line: If you are going to challenge yourself consistently, you must train and plan, then plan and train, without it, failure is surely going to happen.

Second thing about doing this: “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson. Iron Mike was right on this one. I broke the day down into 5 X 20,0000 steps increments. In the second 20,000 increment, I felt an extreme pain in my left foot. The foot I had fractured as a freshman in college and I thought I had done it again. Instead of giving up, I slowed down and really stretched my foot and retied my shoe. I began to walk again with the pain shooting up my leg, but after a few minutes, the pain went away. I continued on but monitored my foot to ensure that it wasn’t going to be a long-term injury. Bottom Line: Mentally preparing for the surprises is everything, the road to accomplishing a goal is not straight and downhill — it’s bumpy, goes uphill sometimes and may even go sideways.

Third thing about doing this: Not giving up. From my calculations, I knew starting at 3 AM and ending at about 8 PM was what it was going to take. (With breaks in between) The texts I sent to my wife went from YEAH (Happy Emojis), done with the first 20k, to done. Finally…. Done (Broken Down Emojis). There were many points where I questioned my sanity, questioned my health and my ability to goal set, but there was something satisfying about the journey that I can only explain by enjoying the process. Bottom Line: Failing at something is OK. Quitting on something is never OK. Success/Winners/Whatever you want to call it — just means not giving up.

I’ll repeat, I know it’s not that special of a goal, that many people can do it. If you are a Fitbit fan, give it a shot, go out and try it. If you’re not, but still want to take one day, where you push yourself more than you thought you could do, try it. The goal of this article is not for you to do 100k in a day, but to set a goal, plan for it and accomplish it. Whatever that might be.

Contact me for speaking at – dave@daveswansonspeaks.com or leave a comment below. I would love about other people’s one day challenges they decided to take on!