Several years ago, a friend sent Johanan Ramirez a text message with video of a grueling obstacle-course race. At first, Ramirez thought, “No way I could do that.” But his father, who was dying of cancer at the time, helped change his mind.
“When I showed my old man, he looked at the video and he was like, ‘Man, I wish I could do that.’ ‘I wish I could do that’ is the reason why I started doing this, the reason why I started running.”
“I started simple, one foot in front of the other one. Over and over again, and all of a sudden you run a mile. Then you run two, then you run three, then you sign up for your first 5K, 10k, your half-marathon, your marathon, and only about 0.03% of those finishers will ever run an ultra-marathon.”