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Uncomfortable is OK Podcast

Making it easier for you to get out of your comfort zone.

Chris Desmond explores the science, the stories, and the strategies of getting out of your comfort zone and finding your magic.

Jul 10, 2017

Today I get to chat with Perry Newburn. We talk about his upcoming world record attempt to run the length of New Zealand in 17 days. We also chat about his run across the United States to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Topics covered today include;
+ Overcoming a 16 year heroin addiction
+ Asking the question "do I want to live or do I want to die"
+ Rebuilding physically, mentally, and emotionally
+ Learning to laugh at yourself
+Learning you don't have to be perfect
+ The journey into running
+ Why exercise if great for your mental wellbeing
+ The seemingly impossible becoming more possible
+ Finding out how far a body can go
+ Why it's important to live your goals
+ Expecting the unexpected
+ The development of self belief
+ Why running is the same as life
+ Not telling people what to do, only showing them an example
+ Keeping it fun
+ Dealing with chafing


Guest: Perry Newburn 

Length of New Zealand 17 days

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