You have to know WHY you are running
Shane was supposed to go to college on a baseball scholarship. Everything was already lined up. But a 90mph fast ball to his hand, leading to shattered bones, plates, and screws meant many tears later, baseball was a part of his history. He was in a dark place for awhile and was thankful for friends and family. He turned to getting his pilot’s license and one thing he learned along the road of life is to fall in love with and embrace the pain. In the pain, in the fields, on the trails, being in the pain…he learned to wrap his arms around it and fall in love with the pain.
His unique mindset skills include visualizing the finish line. He speaks about it, talks about it, when the time comes and you have to dig deep, you have already seen yourself crossing it, so you know you WILL get there.
Shane says it’s important to know WHY you are running 100 miles (or any distance). When you’re at mile 38 and you can’t feel your legs and a bee stung you in the eye, you have to know WHY you are doing this. Say it out loud to yourself.
I am running this because…
Let it become your mantra so you push yourself to finish.
Shane is a professional negotiator and said ultramarathons are a negotiation within yourself. His top negotiating strategy within himself:
Own the course. Don’t let the course own you. Know your elevation. Run one loop ahead of time if possible. Know your course and own it.
Connect with Shane:
LinkedIn: Shane Ray Martin