I did David Goggins’ 4x4x48 – Here’s what happened…
In today’s post I am going to share my experience doing David Goggins’ 4x4x48 challenge. If you guys did this challenge, comment your thoughts below and share something you liked and the most challenging part about it.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with David Goggins, he is a former over-weight and lazy guy turned Navy SEAL. He is no longer a SEAL but he has definitely maintained the reputation of being one of the most mentally tough people of this generation.
He started this challenge 2 years ago. The challenge entails running 48 miles in 48 hours. You do that by running 4 miles every 4 hours. If you think that sounds crazy, well, you’re right. It’s crazy haha.
That’s exactly what intrigued me about this challenge – the craziness factor. I wanted to do it for no other reason than to see if I could.
First I’ll share some things I did to prep for this challenge. Then I’ll talk about how I felt during the challenge, and then I’ll let you know my overall thoughts and whether I’ll do this challenge again next year. By the way, if you want to hear my round-by-round vlog, press play on the video above and skip to 5:45.
Prep – Meals, Water, Coffee, Training …
Let’s start with training. I honestly didn’t do anything specific for this. I already workout 5 to 7 days a week and those workouts include cardio or running, HIIT workouts, and lifting weights. I already knew I could run the 4 miles / 6.23 km, I just needed to nourish my body well enough in order to make that run multiple times in a short time period.
That said, when it came to meals before starting the challenge, I definitely ate more carbs than I usually do. I ate pasta the night before starting the challenge and I ate lots of resistant starches such as cooked and cooled rice, overnight oats and green bananas. Now I am not a nutritionist, so if you want to learn more about resistant starches, check out the link here.
Also, if drinking water is something you have a difficult time with, put in extra focus and effort to stay hydrated leading up to this challenge.
Another thing you’ll want to prepare ahead of time if your meals and bottles of water. You only have 4 hours between workouts plus you want time to sleep, so prepping as much food and water beforehand is crucial.
The last thing I prepped before starting was my clothes. You are going to sweat a lot during this challenge, so I recommend laying out clothes for each round ahead of time. The goal of this prep is to waste as little time as you can between workout – that time is reserved for the most important things like nourishing your body and sleeping. I personally chose a different motivational shirt for each round of this challenge which I highly recommend doing.
So where to start… well first off I’ll say, I was not able to do this challenge in 48 hours because of the nature of my work – when work calls, I answer whether it’s morning afternoon or night. I knew in advance that I’d have to skip some rounds, but any miles I missed, I banked them and then completed them during the week.
I also will say having an accountability buddy and wearing motivational shirts each round helped me run even when I was tired.
I also want to emphasize the importance of vitamins and minerals like magnesium, salt, and potassium. Nourish you body because you are asking a lot of it during this 48 hours. I ended up pulling my calf muscle during the last day when led me to skipping another round.
My overall thoughts on this challenge are, it is intense. I’d honestly do it again this summer or next year if I am able to get time off work. But then again, if I can get 2 or 3 days off work, I may not want to spend it running 48 miles in 48 hours. I will have to see haha.
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As always I hope you have a great day and don’t forget to make this the year of you.