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The Bullhorn, Issue #050 -- Monthly Motivator for June 2010
June 15, 2010
Just the right push to succeed!
The Amazing Mr. Kwon!
Have you ever heard a story that is so motivating that it’s inspired you to make a change or do better? Well…here is such a story.
Where were you on March 23rd? Just an ordinary Tuesday?…school?....work? Well, it was that day that Mr. Yijoo Kwon left the city of Los Angeles, California and started running east….and hasn’t missed a day since! He’s been averaging almost 35 miles per day over mountains, through deserts, prairies, and will be going from sea to shining sea. Oh…one more thing…don’t tell Mr. Kwon, but he’s 64 years-old!!
So why’s he running? At age 51, Mr. Kwon’s doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes and gave him an unfavorable life forecast…change your lifestyle or die a pre-mature death. Little did his doc know that he’d create a real life Forrest Gump!
Since 1996, Mr. Kwon has run 100 marathons, 8 ultramarathons, and is now on a quest to complete 3,200 miles in less than 100 days…UNBELIEVABLE!!
Mr. Yijoo Kwon has become a passionate advocate for healthy and active living who has touched many lives and inspires others to push themselves to the limit. His actions have inspired many people to exercise and do their very best. His run across country is for the fight against diabetes and who better to lead the charge than a man that defeated it.
As of 6/14/10, Yijoo Kwon is in Maryland and has completed 2,873 miles in 84 days! He is well ahead of his goal pace and is on schedule to get back home to New York City on June 25th….Go YiJoo!!
Rise & Shine!
If you check out Mr. Kwon’s schedule…he starts his run each day around 3-4am! And if you told me that a few months ago, I would have described him as ‘nuts’. But having the dilemma of having to fit 4-5 hour training runs in before Little League, I started to get up at the in the earlier hours, too…and strangely enough, I’m starting to like it.
There’s something very rewarding about running through silent streets. Feeling that nice breeze, seeing the sky turn pink before sunrise, and watching the sun peek over the horizon. The non-activity of the morning is captivating. It helps me forget about the tired legs and wonder why I’ve slept through so many of these awe-inspiring events.
What’s even funnier, is that there are other runners out there, too. I see the same runners…and have the same enjoyable small talk as we pass each other in the morning: “Nice day”; “How ‘bout them Phillies?”; etc… Last week, I passed by an older gentlemen that I’ve seen running for the past several years. He pulled up and asked me if I was training for a marathon and proceeded to tell me that he switched from marathons to half-marathons when he hit 75…I didn’t have the heart to ask when that was…but that morning small talk was enough to motivate me for several more hours of running!
The morning workout can be a great start to any day. It could be a quick run before your workday; a brisk bike ride; or a nice long run before weekend activities. It’s always a daunting task trying to find the time to workout, and most of us dismiss the wee hours of the morning as just out of the question. But it’s a free pot of time to tap, and whole new environment to explore. And what’s even better is that when you’re done your workout, you’ve got the whole day ahead of you…and what challenge will you face tougher than that morning run? Don’t take my word for it…try it yourself!
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