What could almost destroy the body and mind of the only person to complete Navy SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), Air Force tactical air controller training, and U.S. Army Ranger School? David Goggins is tough, but in an effort to raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation, he took on a challenge that tested him more than any of his military experiences: the Badwater 135. This is an ultra-marathon event that requires participants to run 135 miles in 24 hours in the peak heat of Death Valley. Goggins wasn’t a runner at the time; he was a bulky power lifter, and he only had four days to prepare for the qualifying race. He needed to run 100 miles in under 24 hours. So how did he do? Here, he tells the story and in doing so shares a lesson on human potential, mental toughness, and why you won’t grow as a person if you always choose the path of least resistance. Instagram @davidgoggins
David Goggins is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), Air Force tactical air controller training, and the U.S. Army Ranger School, where he graduated as ‘Enlisted Honor Man’.
Seeking an even greater challenge, Goggins set about conquering the hardest sporting events known to man. Today he is considered to be one of the greatest endurance athletes in the world.
The odds were stacked against him ever making anything of himself. He grew up in an abusive household, barely graduated high school, and struggled with serious health issues. In spite of all of these obstacles, he has completed multiple ultra-marathons, triathlons, ultra-triathlons, bike races and arduous mountain ascents, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. His achievements made him the subject of a lead feature in Runner’s World, where he was named “Running Hero”, and Outside Magazine named him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”
Endurance Athlete, Former Navy SEAL and Army Ranger
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