Hey! It's Mike Russell, or as some of you now know me as "Hustle With Russell". I am an Ultra Distance Runner that has an extensive list of races/ runs under my belt. Most of my training and Races derived from my pure determination to discover the ultimate limits of the human body. Every run I do, always challenges me mentally and/or physically..
When I first began running I set achievable/ short goals. I started running local 5 and 10km races. My main goal was to run the Cape to Cabot Road Race which is a 20km technical road race In St. John's, NL.
I soon began training all year long, and even through the harsh Newfoundland winters. I started to notice my tolerance for the sport get higher and my mileage was growing. I knew at this point I have found something that I loved. I managed to reach my main goals of running the local races and distances I wanted to achieve, Then I wanted bigger and harder goals.
This is what lead me to where I am now: Running Ultra Marathons. My first Ultra was actually the Barkley Fall Classic 50km event. This showed me how deep one can dig into themselves to find the courage and strength to accomplish, what seems impossible.
Once I dipped my toes into my first Ultra Distance Race, I knew I caught the bug. Since my first 50km race, I have ran much larger, longer and technical races. Here is a quick list of races/goals, I have set and accomplished over the last couple years:
-> East Coast Trail 50km Trail Race (X2)
-> Liminality 50Mile Trail Race
-> The Great New York 100Mile Exposition
-> New Jersey One Day (24hr race/ 100MIles)
-> Cabot Trail Relay Race (Legs 4, 10, 17)
-> Cross Newfoundland Run for The Janeway (915km/ in 18 Days)
I have become such a stronger person since these races. Now every day I set out for a run I make sure it challenges me in some sort of a way.
Here's some advice I have learned:
1. Always set goals, sometimes the goals will seem impossible but that's okay... where there's a will, there's a way!
2. Doubt will make you stronger, it will make you fight harder for what you want.
3. Focus on the goal and know it will be life changing and ALWAYS worth it.
If your going to face a real challenge, it has to be a real challenge. You cant accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.