Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 6 Keith Egan, optimist, personal trainer with Type I Diabetes, and a great motivator

Thanks for checking out this episode of The Chronically Human Podcast where I have a powerful positive conversation with my good friend Keith Egan

You can watch our conversation here on YouTube.

Chronically Human Ep. 6 Keith Egan

Thanks for checking out the Chronically Human Podcast – where we have conversations aimed at creating a world with more individual freedom and less unnecessary suffering.

Today, all the way from Ireland, is my good friend, Keith Egan. Keith is a personal trainer who has not let his battle with Type I Diabetes stop him from pursuing his dreams, which included coming to the states to go to university and playing collegiate sports. He’s now dedicated to helping others, with or without Diabetes, reach their fitness goals. Soon he’ll be launching Type I Fitness aimed at doing just that. And we’ll have him on again soon to talk about this promising endeavor.

You can stay in touch with Keith on Twitter @Keithegan17

On Instagram @Keithegan17 and on Facebook: Keith Egan

Keith does touch on ways he’s learned to manage his Type I Diabetes while at the same time be extremely active and fit. At one point Keith was playing soccer and at the same time a standout member of the university’s golf team.

He’s recently gotten into running 10k’s and he’s planning on doing marathons in the future. He gives great advice to those who want to get into running and don’t know where to start.

Non-runners Guide to Marathon Running

His advice that he gives his personal training clients is great for everyone who wants to improve their own life. He advises that first you have to have a goal, then take stock of where you are currently, next, take consistent actions toward your goal, record your results, and celebrate your improvements you’ve made over time, and above all it’s important to be grateful for all you have, including the struggles that come your way.

He recounts how he currently fills his motivation tank by listening to the audio version of David Goggin’s latest book as well as from reading the work of Wim Hoff.

David Goggin’s book “You can’t hurt me” on Amazon

https://www.wimhofmethod.com

We talk about taking on suffering voluntarily to achieve one’s goals and about how it’s important to be “comfortable with being uncomfortable”. He also mentions how beneficial the Wim Hof method of breathing and cold exposure has been for him in helping him to keep going even when his body wants to quit.

Keith is one of the most positive guys I know and he has a great take on how to be happier and at the same time have more success, no matter what your goals are.

I’ve know Keith for years and really appreciate his friendship. I learned plenty while talking with him today. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I’m sure you’ll be able to take away a lot from listening to Keith talk about his journey as well as his outlook on life.

Please let us know how you fill your motivation tank and what parts of the conversation you found most helpful.

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Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

Two Books to read before your first Marathon

 

There are not many rites of passage in the modern world. Rites of passage have been used through the millennia by human cultures to initiate members of the clan from childhood to adulthood. I consider my first marathon and the training for it as a self-imposed rite of passage. I decided to train for it and complete it because I wanted to assert my command over my body. To train for the mental and physical part I read . “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer”. Just recently I read the “Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei and wish I had read that before to add an additional element of the spiritual to my training as well.

For most people including myself the physical aspect of completing a marathon seems extremely daunting. When I started I was in the hospital after just about dying from surgical complications. After getting through the worst of it I decided to begin training and completing a marathon even though I was still in horrific pain. I began by walking a few steps outside my hospital room and then I began walking around the nurses station and eventually I began to get stronger and stronger. I had purchased “The Non-runners Marathon Training Guide” two years previously. Having been chronically ill for twenty years at that time and endured multiple surgeries I was tired of having my body call the shots in my life.

I wanted to increase my ability to override the physical demands of a body which was constantly waging battle with itself. I felt like I was caught in the middle of this fight. It took me seven months instead of the 4 months to complete the training laid out in “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer” because I started in a terribly weekend state. The biggest take away from completing my marathon was the idea of “locus of control”. That concept of locus of control boils down to the what controls your mind and actions, is it your or circumstance? You either have an internal locus of control or an external locus of control. This for me is what a rite of passage is all about: putting away the helplessness of childhood and embracing the ability to chart your own path in this world as an adult.

Throughout the book there are mental exercises to help entrain this philosophy of internal control. One of them is to imagine that your inner mind is a computer screen. You imagine typing out mentally letter by letter on a keyboard strengthening and inspirational messages. For instance one that I remember I would type over and over again was “My legs are strong, my legs are light, I can run all day and I and I can run all night”. This type of mental work is something I still do today.

During training it was incredible to feel the inner experience change when I would consistently do this. The first two to three miles were usually a struggle on training days. But I would gut it out using either typed out positive messages to myself on my mental computer screen or I’d sing them out loud as cadences. The power of the mind over the body is truly incredible and if you want to experience your own rite of passage and feel this for yourself I highly recommend reading “The Non-runners Marathon Trainer” before starting your marathon training.

The other book I recommend is one I just read, “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei”. In Japan for over a thousand years these Tendai Buddhist Monks would perform absolutely astounding feats of marathon running. These different time frames and distances would range from completing a 25 mile marathon for 100 days straight to completing a 1000 days of marathoning over a twelve year stretch.

While completing their term of marathons the monks are still expected to perform all of their chores which include cooking, cleaning and maintaining temple grounds which affords them three to four hours of sleep or less. These marathoners don’t do it for medals or for bragging rights. Their reward for completing the 100 days of The Walking Hell is to complete a nine day fast with no food or water. During the fast they are only allowed to have a small amount of water to rinse out their mouths. They say that those drops of water as the sweetest of nectars. Self imposed suffering makes everyday life more palatable.

It is incredible to read about the individual stories of men who have endured what would seem like impossible physical accomplishments to us. But these monks are drawn from everyday life and many who have recently completed the 100 days of marathons are family men. They are not in anyway extraordinary except that they choose to do something extraordinary. By doing the seemingly impossible the monks emerge changed forever because they faced death and continued to move forward. This is an important rite of passage for the Tendai Buddhist monks just as a modest 26.2 marathon and seven months of training was for me.

Humans need rites of passages to push beyond our everyday struggles so that we can tap into the higher mental and spiritual states we all possess but rarely can access. The physical part of the marathon is merely the vehicle for this to occur. Everyday we struggle in this world with having an internal locus of control. Everyday we struggle with maintaining a connection to our spiritual side and not giving in totally to a materialistic view of this amazing world we live in. Marathon training with a purpose can transcend the medals and the bragging and actually produce lasting positive changes.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in training for a marathon read “The Non-runners Marathon Training Guide” and “The Marathon Monks of Hiei”.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Marathon-Monks-Mount-Hiei/dp/1626549958/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490133901&sr=1-1&keywords=marathon+monks
Brad Miller
Fellow Human