Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever: The Journey to 10K Push-Ups Update.

I got a random stranger to do a set of push-ups with me. I fed off of his energy and we both unlocked hidden strength.

I got a random stranger to do a set of push-ups with me. I fed off of his energy and we both unlocked hidden strength.

It's October 9th and I'm still on my mission to perform 10,000 push-ups in one month. After 8 days I am not on pace to hit my target of 10K, but I feel the tide is starting to turn. 

My Daily Rep Totals:
10/1/2015-- 0
10/2/2015-- 128
10/3/2015-- 111
10/4/2015-- 400
10/5/2015-- 250
10/6/2015-- 300
10/7/2015-- 200
10/8/2015-- 600

This past week has been up and down. I started off with 400 push-ups on Sunday, which for me was the most ever for one day. I think I was feeling myself a little too much, or just feeling sore as hell because the following day I only did 250. Tuesday, I was still sore but got 300 reps and was ready to have a big Wednesday. Well, that didn't happen as I was even more sore and only did 200 reps for the day. What even worse was the self-doubt started kicking in and the little voice telling me to just quit was getting louder. 

Calling it quits-I was feeling really bad. I talked up this challenge to everyone and even got a bunch of people to join in, and now I was on the verge of quitting. Then it happened, I saw those around me attacking the challenge. A team of my friends put their own spreadsheet together to track their reps and journey. These are friends of mine who don't regularly do push-up, but are determined to complete the challenge. This helped me to realize it's all about journey, whether you hit 10K or not it doesn't matter, it's about enduring the physical pain and fighting off that part of you that says "just quit". As the great motivator Eric Thomas said in his Secrets to Success speech: "Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else takes its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever."

Rodney Redd Harrison after 1,000 rep day.

Rodney Redd Harrison after 1,000 rep day.

The Tide is Turning- Thursday I woke up feeling inspired by seeing others join in, and seeing people such as the legend Rodney Redd Harrison pushing himself to hit 1,000 reps in one day! I saw his update around 9pm that night, which is normally when I'm done with the reps for the day. I had already done about 350 for the day and was ready call it a night. But his post of 1,000 reps was a sign that I needed to keep going and really push my limits. I went back to work and before the evening was done, I hit a new personal record of 600 reps in one day. Far from Redd's 1,000, but I unlocked a new level. Now that I've done 600 it doesn't stop there, I truly believe we have no limits and I know my 1,000 rep day is coming real soon!

Keep Pushing,

-Marcelino Riley