If this doesn’t motivate you…NOTHING will.

This is JOE,

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Graphic Designer by trade…sits in the office right next to mine, great guy, great friend.

He was talking about running 22 Miles in from home to work, and honestly, I didn’t doubt one bit that he could do it, but of course my own logic and experience and things i’ve read on proper training and preparation had me a tad nervous of the whole thing.

On our commute home, we talked about it a bit more and then just started talking about other things. When he dropped me off, he told me he’d text me at 3 am if he was actually going to do it, if not, he would meet me at our meet spot for our commute.

I had a hint that he was going to do it, the guy was listening to an ultra-runners’ podcast all day, so i knew he was pumped to do it! So knowing that the probability of him doing this run was pretty certain, I had a sudden urge to create this you can’t beat this crew blog and have Joe be the first post of the craziness we as a group, and individuals put on ourselves in the name of fitness and exercise.

By the way, the most Joe has ran in the recent past is 6 miles and that was more than a month ago!

After going to sleep a tad past midnight, cuz it took me alllll night to create this blog (i literally have no experience with this stuff) I set my alarm at the usual 5:45 am to hopefully get on the bike trainer. I have to admit, as passionate about fitness that i am i was spent, (long day at work, 2 workouts i had during the day, and then staying up to do the blog) I started working deals with myself to not wake up and exercise the next morning.

5:45 am my alarm goes off, i hit the snooze button not feeling like getting up to workout. Finally at 6 am I look at my phone, a text from Joe… I look at the time of the text 3 am,ย  saying “I’m departing soon, call me at 7 am to check up on me.” I was hyped and said to myselfย  “Whoa! okay thats it, i’m motivated, if he’s out there in 35 degree weather running 22 miles, i can jump on the bike trainer, in my heated home, watching the news while i spin!”

The bike ride i did didn’t seem at all as “EPIC” and exciting as Joe’s run, in fact the whole time i was riding, all i can think of is Joe, where he is, how he must be feeling and the excitement i had that i knew in an hour or so i was going to drive into the office and celebrate this great feat of his.

On my way to work i get a text… It’s Joe, he tells me he made it!

So i asked him how it all went down so here it goes…

Joe woke up at 3am got ready, ate a little oatmeal because he (which i am notorious in doing) exploded his oatmeal in the microwave, so he was limited to a couple spoonfulls of it.

3:50 am he left his house In Redondo Beach. When he left the house he said it was 35 degrees and obviously dark and went on this adventure while most of us were sound asleep.

By 5 am he was in my Area Harbor City where he took the pic below

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5:45 am Joe already crossed 4 cities: Redondo Beach, Torrance, Harbor City, and Carson where he ran the stretch of the BP plant, which in my opinion takes courage. Considering it was still dark out, the street that goes along the plant is a long, dimly lit and straight out creepy road. All you see for a mile and a half is road in front of you a brick wall to the left and right and the refinery with all it’s monotonous noise on the other side of both walls. You literally have nowhere to go but straight and not look back!

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Finally leaving Carson and crossing over the bridge that goes over the 710 freeway Joe is now in Long Beach

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6am with the sun barely creeping out, Joe arrives in a place in Long Beach known as Signal Hill

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7 am i finally get off the bike trainer and remember to call Joe to check up on him. He’s sounding good, comfortable and confident. He goes on to tell me that he is now at the Coyote Diagnal and thus far his only mishap is that his banana has morphed into banana pudding in his jersey back pocket and he is literally scooping it out to eat it. We have a good laugh and Joe continues his run. This excited me because at that point, I knew he was roughly 5 miles away and I knew that he was close to reaching his goal.

The last picture Joe took before he met his goal is El Dorado Park which is literally the “home stretch” for him

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I continue my daily duties which includes helping my wife get our 3 kids up, dressed, fed and dropped off to school by 8 am.

As i’m driving, i get a text from Joe, it reads “I arrived at 7:50 am on the dot.” I’m totally excited to hear the great news. As i’m walking my kids to the gate of their school i get another text from Joe asking me to get him a watermelon because he was starving… so i laugh, respond to the text and jump in the car to get to the market before heading in to the office.

As i arrive to work, I’m excited to celebrate and hear of this great feat of his over some soup (i ate the soup) and some watermelon.

When I finally see Joe, he is stretching, we talk about the run and before we go upstairs i ask him to take a picture at his final destination…

This is Joe,

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Graphic Designer by trade…sits in the office right next to mine, great guy, great friend.

He was talking about running 22 Miles… He stopped talking about it. He did it.

Start time: 3:50 am

Start time temp: 35 degrees

End Time: 7:50 am

Total running time: 4 hours

Cities crossed: Redondo Beach, Torrance, Harbor City, Carson, Long Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Los Alamitos, Cypress

Get this…this is all he ate:

Couple scoops of Oatmeal, a mashed banana out of his jersey pocket, and a cliff bar.

Joe’s a humble cat so i knew i was gonna be his “hype man” for this.

Joe deserves to be celebrated because of this, because he won’t brag or talk about this so I will!

He didn’t even post it on facebook before or after this run like most of us would! (I admit, I would have!)

He deserves the honor…

No medal. No trophy. No podium.

RESPECT is what he got. Atleast from me!

Lessons learned from this awesome adventure of Joes will definitely stick with me when i approach training, exercise and even things about life.

What i got from this is that you will never be fully prepared, never fully trained.

I’ts never too early or too cold.

You can’t be too tired.

It’s not too much, too far, or too extreme.

Bottom line… No excuses!!!

Thank you Joe, if no one else is inspired, let me tell you, I am!

If this doesn’t motivate you…Nothing will.

34 thoughts on “If this doesn’t motivate you…NOTHING will.

    • Thank you Michelle! Well, we never really know what we will do from one crazy challenge to the next. Our next thing will most likely have to do with cycling, either a 100 to 200 mile bike ride, who really knows…but we’ll keep you posted! Thanks!

  1. GO, JOE!!! That is freakin awesome!! And yes, it should be celebrated!! Thank you for sharing. What a great example of being a doer, and not a talker!! All I can say is,”Wow!” ~ Maria

  2. Wow, that’s incredible … and some dedication! Way to go, Joe! You’re lucky to have someone like him to keep you motivated to reach your own goals ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. GEEEEZZZ~! That’s long! And just hearing about your story with Joe’s challenge makes me want to try it when my running endurance or whatever you want to call it gets better. .o.

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    • Hi Frank! Thanks as well for checking and reading my blog! Regarding how he felt… There is a second part to this story that i have yet to write about… Let’s just say, later that day, i planned a workout with all the other guys in our group which involved running and strength training and guys who shoes up to workout with us..yup, Joe!
      As far as how he felt the next day, a group of us went out for dinner, and we all talked about it and other than the typical soreness after any hard workout, he was 100% fine! No pain, no injuries and really the most impressive thing, still the same ole humble Joe!

  5. 22 miles is amazing. 22 miles in 35 degree heat is incredible. 22 miles before work is mad. 22 miles in the dark is scarey. 22 miles on just a little to eat is making me hungry thinking about it

  6. Congratulations to Joe for this remarkable achievement. (I am a friend of Joe’s mom since she was a little girl.) i have a nephew, also named Joe, who recently ran the L.A. Marathon, and had never run a marathon in his life. I have so much R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for those two Joes.

  7. Excellent Job Joe! He will be an inspiration to many now thanks to you sharing his story. Goes to show with the right mindset, anything is achievable.

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  10. This is great!!!! Go Joe! You’ve definitely earned my respect as well. And what a great way to get others motivated to get moving – anytime anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

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