The Runner (the secrets of elite runners) – 1,000 Days and Running with Hellah Sidibe – Ep. 35 (1/3)

The Runner (the secrets of elite runners) – 1,000 Days and Running with Hellah Sidibe – Ep. 35 (1/3)


So, my running face is (have you seen those memes?) Oh they’re bad. Mine’s bad. It looks like I’m a dying a slow painful death. You know when
they take the picture of the side of the uh, when you’re running a race or whatever (Yeah.)
I tilt my neck and you’re gonna tell me that you should keep your neck
straight so you can breathe probably better and I look like I mean either I’m
constipated or someone just shocked me in the stomach. We gotta get those pictures. Yeah you can get those pictures, but they’re not pretty to see. Yeah no, no. I gotta see them. (laughter) Welcome to
Recommended Daily Dose. I am your host, Dr. Clenton Coleman along with my colleague. Dr. Suraj Saggar. We have a ‘Hellah’ good show today. Hella good, that’s a West Coast saying by the way. I think they’re copying me! (It’s a play on words.) Do you have a copyright for it? I should claim it. We have former pro soccer star and elite runner as well as a vegan athlete. We’re gonna talk to him about his inspiring story (it’s kind of inspiring) Inspiring to say the least! About health fitness and food. We have Hellah Sidibe. Thank you, thank you. Thanks for joining us! I’m excited to be here. Welcome, welcome. (Thank you) Really
appreciate you taking time to come down. Tell us, you know, what’s going on man? You’re known as a lot of things. Vegan athlete, elite athlete, former pro soccer
player, runner. I mean tell us about the running. That’s what I’m excited to hear about. The running came with, because that’s something I was always afraid of. (Right.) I’ve played soccer my whole life, but when it came to fitness days, man I couldn’t sleep. Like, if the course said we have fitness somewhere, I’d be the person in bed till 2 in the morning (Right.) Kind of like imagining how painful it’s gonna be. So I never enjoyed running. I would run because I had to. and then I would- in soccer, when you’re playing your mind is on the ball. So you’re not just thinking
about the pain of running. So I never liked running. Also, I like how I look
after a season is over, you know? You’re in shape, and I always tell myself:
“You know what? After the season you’re gonna keep running to keep that shape.
That’s the only way you can make that happen. That’s good, it’s kinda like a before (Yeah.) and after. You know, before season, after. No I’m with you, I’m with you. But the thing is, like you didn’t just go
running, like you’ve been running since every day since 2017. How many days
are you up to now? Like everyday. Everyday. Today I
completed my 1022 consecutive run. Did you hear that? He has run every day since 2017. Are we talking everyday (like running!) distance runs? Tempo runs? No matter the circumstances. (Intervals?) We’re talking about just distance straight. Just distance straight. (oof) And I have this um, little ego for myself. When I leave home I don’t stop till I get back. So I would say it doesn’t matter how slow I
go. As long as I don’t stop. So there’s no stop in between. There’s no like sprint 500-yards and add it to another 500 yards and say I cover this distance. (Right.) Even my shoelace would be untied sometimes. And I’m
like I’m sorry shoelace you’re gonna be all messed up (dangerous) but I can’t stop to tie it. I just- it’s just a personal thing for myself. Are you having a distance that you’re doing? I mean this is not possible for the average athlete. I think it is possible! You know, elite athletes over here, maybe. But someone like me- You’re pointing to me right? (laughter) I think my hand just slipped. You know I’m a runner too. Yeah I think everyone can be a runner. (You’re a runner?! He’s a jazzerciser.) Yeah, I run from the police. (laughter) The Po-Po, and I run from my wife, when I’ve done something wrong. (still laughing) You’re definitely a runner then. But this guy, he’s a runner. But you’re on a whole different stratosphere, right? Um, I wouldn’t say- Yes so much, absolutely yes. Go ahead and say it. Because I say you can actually running. (Right.) I don’t care if you go slow or fast. Because at the end of the day, a 6 minute mile, a 12 minute mile is still a mile. If you go a 6 minute mile, I go 12 minutes, it’s still a mile at the end of the day. True. But um, and I’ve run with people who are much slower than me, and I’m like how do you do this? Because that’s a painful run. You’d rather just get it over with then? You’re going slow. (Right.) You’re hitting all the muscle groups. and um, it’s different. And then when you go fast also, it’s painful. So I don’t care what anyone says. If you’re running, you’re a runner. So can we break this, I am a runner, I appreciate that. (Yeah.) Um, I have a lot of questions. You know, specific to running (Yes.) and he might get lost, you know. If you want to take a nap, whatever. You go ahead. Well let’s start with: What motivated you to run consecutively every day? I know you were, you know. You had some self motivation. You weren’t running from somebody. Definitely not. I wanted to hold myself accountable for once. Making a promise and stay true to it. Because I tell myself I’m going to do this, and I never stick to it. I also was inspired by someone who
wasn’t an athlete, but told themselves they’re gonna run every day. I don’t think they ended up continuing. (Okay.) And then most of all. I look at
people around the world. There’s people who don’t have legs. There’s people who are handicapped. They can’t walk, let alone run. So I’m looking at myself. I have my whole capability. Let me take advantage of it. Because one day this one
will not be a thing. It doesn’t mean that I won’t have my legs. But one day I won’t be able to run as much as I am. So that motivates me to get out there. At what point did it become, you know, beyond yourself? Originally you were just trying to self motivate. What day was it like- Yeah it was personal. As soon as I hit the year mark. (Okay.) I’m like you know what? I just ran every day for 365 days. It’s a big deal. Why not just keep going? And I said I’m just going to keep going because I love this. (Right.) but I
realized quickly it was much bigger than myself. I saw all the people that are
getting inspired by it. All the people that started their challenge. And then I was more happy for them to hit the 365 days. (Right.) Because a lot of people are making excuses. ‘Oh, genetic. Oh you’re just an athlete.’ (Yeah.) And then there’s people who are getting up and doing it. And so I’m like you know what? It doesn’t matter who you are. With the right mindset anything is possible. Ah that’s wonderful. And do you have- I mean is this something like specific? Like the Hellah Challenge? Yeah, we have a challenge going on. You do? What’s the name of it? Um there’s no specific. We use the hashtag #TrainHellahGood. (Okay.) And then with the hashtag basically training ‘Hellah Good’ is anything you do in life, you do it ‘Hellah Good’ You know that Cali slang. Which means you give it all, you give it all, right? Yeah, yeah. So even though I tell people if you’re giving a hug to someone, you give them a hell of a good hug. If you’re eating, eat hella good. If you are doing anything, give your best within that circumstances. And the best doesn’t have to be like, exceptional because everyday the circumstance is different. Like, today you woke up early because you
had to go do something. But you might be a little tired later. But your best today, you can’t compare to yesterday. But as long as you know you’re giving you a
best right within that day that’s the important part. I got up very early to do something,
you know something (Flossing ahem) flossing, I was gonna say the news. But I was thinking to myself “Hey I deserve a break from working out today. I’m not gonna run.” But you know what, I mean you’re saying weather, (it doesn’t matter) sleep, family commitments. Even travels. (Travels?) I traveled to Australia, and I made sure I
kept my streak alive. Are you running around the plane? What are you doing here? (laughter) That’s a good point, we caught him! I have to say this! This is- I almost derailed myself. (He ran on the plane!) I wasn’t in business class or anything. I told myself if I have to go to a show, if it comes down to me even
though my priorities to run outside, if I have to go into business class and tell
them I have some kind of medical problem if I don’t run my blood sugar- make
something up they let me into their gym at the airport so I can continue my streak. I have to do it, like this is like, I’m not dishonest, but I have to do this but I
almost turned down Australia. Because running was important to me. The flight is how long? 26 hours total. So GoPro- (With connections?) Yeah, yeah. GoPro was very helpful. Yeah so I almost told them “GoPro, I know you because of running. and I-” So GoPro is one of your sponsors? It’s not like a written sponsor. I’m in the GoPro family. So I met the CEO and he said I love what
you’re doing and I want to support you. So they’ve been with me since I met him.
Excellent.They’ve been providing me with GoPros. They’ve taken me on a trip with them to Australia. So do you wear the GoPro camera when you are running? Yeah, the day I went out to run 50 miles, I had the GoPro strapped to my chest. So you can see a POV and I had a GoPro with me. Yeah GoPro is great. When I ran the New York City Marathon I took the GoPro to bring people along. Can you tell me your marathon time? Just so I can feel really bad about it? 3:38. It’s not great, but I’m so happy with it. What’s average? Well, more than that. Yeah. 3:38, the reason I was proud of it
because it was 902 consecutive days. No days off. No rest. Can you
imagine? You realize most people are going to take weeks off prior while they train and taper down. Yeah, I didn’t have any rest days. I haven’t had any rest days. So, I’m assuming you probably ran slower than usual just to avoid injury at that point. Um, when I was getting closer to a marathon mark I was going down, and I wasn’t running smart
actually, in the begining. Because a lot of people I met that have done like,
sub 3, they’re telling me “How are you able to run consistently in a seven
minute pace for this long?” and I’m thinking sometime I used to beat myself.
This is not fast enough. And they said “You shouldn’t be doing this, and for
you to keep this up it’s amazing.” So when I found out I got into a marathon I went
to do a little more research how to prepare for a marathon. Even though I was-
because there’s tapering up, there’s tapering down. And I learned the concept “Run slow to run fast.” So I started really focusing on running slow. And I like that a lot. And I feel good. I think that’s gonna be a thing that I’m doing more. Especially if you’re in a marathon. (It helps with running across the country.) ‘Cause that’s like taking in the whole atmosphere. It’s all the five boroughs. It’s a social thing too. (It’s a whole experience, yeah.) It’s a wonderful experience. It’s a spiritual thing. Right. So let’s go over the benefits of running. So you know you have an increase of your strength and muscles. Good for your heart. There’s a lot of other benefits. Stress relief. So mental benefits. Are you worried about any injuries? (Nope.) Especially since you’ve been running so often. (Not at all.) We gotta put a disclaimer. You’re not the average person listening. Though, can’t possibly keep up with
someone like you, who is an elite athlete. Right? So I mean, that’s why we like-
So you tell us about how you do it, but then I would love for you to tell us like how the rest of us should be doing it as well. So this is what I told people. Yes, I was an athlete. But running was never my best asset. Talking about sprinting 60 yards I don’t think anyone could have caught me. I had this kind of- So you’re more of what we’d call fast twitch muscles, like sprinter. Yeah I was quick. When it came to running on the field, I never played anyone in my career that was faster than me.
That’s like me and him. I’d beat him in a race. But you could probably beat me in a marathon. Wait we can handle this after we’re done with this podcast. (Oh we’re
running.) Outside. We’re definitely running. We can we can settle- Yeah, he’s got shoes on too! I’ve got work shoes on, I’m wearing glasses! You caught me on an off day! For the average person, I think
that they should just take their time. Okay. Like, I wasn’t even running a mile
at some point. I was doing 10 minutes. It would be like .92. Okay. So, it’s about
pacing yourself, taking the time too. And you would be surprised how far
that’s gonna take you. What about also like, stance when you run? Because I’ll have, you see people who look like gazelles. I’m guessing you were just like bounding
down, using minimal energy, efficient running stroke. I’m like all over the
road. Sideways, left, right. You know, we talk about pictures. I mean my neck- It’s a mess. (Yeah.) And I have, you know I never got trained to run. (Yeah.) I just started
running. Like probably like a lot of people, when I was in high school just normal, you know, normal activities. Run to get better at tennis. Run to get better at soccer. (Yeah.) You do- It’s something to a means to an end. (Exactly.) And then you realize now I enjoy it. They’re just doing just the running. But this. The idea of the
stance. Like how you do it. Yeah, it took me a while to run figure that out and
it’s important to record yourself when you run we’ll have a video of my running
transformation oh my god in terms of your cycle look at the very beginning I
look what am i doing right now I’m worried that I have a funny run of
people and one of me and I’ll have people give me tip and I take tips from
the audience the course always let people know I’m not any expert yes I’ve
learned a lot through my experience but I said if you have a tip for me because
there’s a runner out there that’s a better runner than me right
feel free to because I’m open mind about that but you have a coach now I don’t
have a coach but i I’ve trained with people I talked to this Olympian Roberto
he’s a form Roberto mangia he’s in New York City and
he’s gaming giving me some tips I’ve seen like the elite runners like the
ill-equipped rogue is I’ll pay attention to them okay and your body posture
keeping your body right doesn’t necessarily mean stand tall I’m having
your baton and lures up right where your chest is open you can breathe there’s a
whole airway your mouth all the way too long that’s really I did a video on that
too as well and you get to a point where like it would be so beautiful your step
is in sync with your breath so that’s when you know you’re doing wrong when
you that when you’re about to strike the ground that deep breath is getting
released when like working that or vana it’s coming it’s really beautiful Wow
when it’s that runner’s high I told you to real thing that high hit see oh it’s
right people that don’t aren’t run I can’t explain it okay endorphins and
door firmly but it takes a couple miles yeah into it yeah I choose those days
sometimes run for those days yes but I have one experience where it hit my soul
I could never have so that’s difficult the Holy Ghost running I think I cut the
Holy Ghost mercy did you yell a little breeze that day it hit me so deep in my
soul I couldn’t explain it I wasn’t runner high it was one of those
things were like I’m looking at spiritual awakening and felt like my
legs are moving alright but my body is watching it from like you left your body
I left my body that’s why I said I hid my soul so I’m moving I’m smiling and
run is high you want to keep going you don’t want to stop here this one I
wasn’t like you don’t want to stop you but that time that you set out for
yourself to run you are in a different world it happened to me I have to share
my sure me that I was like if anyone runs that your soul because I’ve never
experienced that so that day and and I and I’m running every day chasing that
and it’s okay so now I’m looking forward to that again and you don’t have to keep
going multiple days maybe I might not ever get it but the fact that there’s
hope that I’m gonna get it that’s another motivation do you ever find
there’s a scientific reason for this then when you start running sometimes
you could run ten miles and it it’s the first mile or two is actually the
hardest I find it takes a while for me to get my Bria you know warms up my
muscles warm I’m just kidding yeah so like I’m literally hanging I can run I
can run good amount of distances how old are your muscles no like there you go
this must hold II take a guess let’s see 25 your old muscles listen take just one
take we’re not talking dog ears here I am a
year older than him obviously you can tell that I’m obviously a bit more
accomplished you know the way I dress whatever but I just like I’m guessing
you don’t crack though right I like them crack that is true and they say they say
the darker the very well I mean you know I’m gonna taste on my bronzer so warming
up I’m saying 27 hired 30 no 29 29 30 I had 30 in the dis yeah but I wasn’t that
motivated when I was 29 let’s see we were stuck studying so that’s great so
look where you guys are at right now that’s why I will tell you I mean side
note I think you you play a bass I mean that’s what got me through medical
schools yeah I’m keeping sane was the exercise or whatever it might be for me
was running for him Jazzercise yeah what else you do my dad wanted me to be a
doctor so I took Public Health see there you go excellent hey nobody I tell you I
find when I run let’s say you can normally run ten miles no problem but
that first mile I’m breathing heavy it’s time you know and then I act like a mile
into it I feel good I’m like and then mile eight six seven days when you
started like you said chasing that runner’s high
yeah it’s weird for me always that first mile yeah breathing heavy within a
quarter of my yeah because your heart rate is just like all of a sudden it
just really needs to kind of level itself out so that’s why well I Lutz who
was like how do you warm up because I don’t I just do want to tell you
everyday yeah I don’t I don’t warm up I just ease
myself into the run and then you speak to most runners once the time no one
really warms up really yeah I’m so you’re like at a training session
they’ll make you do all these escapees give all that that well exactly yeah you
know they say don’t do static stretching with you so these instead of just
stretching again you know bring your arm against the fence
stretching do the bounding you know we’re kind of like just moving and
stretching but you’re saying you don’t do I just go right into it I’ll
literally ease my way in and I’ll pick up the pace I like literally within
point five I feel like my body’s getting loose and and I grab my cheek is getting
better right yeah but what you were saying about like the first mile being
difficult in the very beginning I hit so much pain
and I’m uncomfortable but and I realize later on the run it goes away so
eventually when I started happening I really if you look at anyone think I’m
crazy I’m like smiling to myself and said I’ve experienced this right just
keep pushing is gonna go away or and it does and
knowing that every time that first couple miles when that happened it
doesn’t faze me anymore because I know it’s part of the process but do you ever
have a day where you just can’t push you know I read runners magazine runners
were all these other things they say look
some days you’re gonna have bad days if it’s not a good day they recommend just
you know don’t feel bad just just don’t tell I won’t throw short or short now
you don’t really yeah because I’m it’s it’s much bigger than just that that’s
the thing because life is really difficult part of it because I’m
thinking this is preparing me there’s gonna be worse stuff that’s gonna happen
in life so this is like building a callus in my mind okay um so there’s
been tough days I’ve had days where I come home I most like almost close to
crying in pain yeah because I injured my my right calf while I was running
training trying out a new shoes which it wasn’t smart and then I felt the pain
within a mile sort of stop but I went for 10k six miles that pain lasted 650
plus days yeah cuz I wasn’t taking a day off and I would get home I’m in so much
pain throughout the run and I’m I get home I’m like I’m hiding in a room so my
girlfriend won’t see me her mother won’t see me right I look like I’m about to
cry too that’s hiding wide in my head I’m like doing everything to soothe the
pain sure but I could easily throw in the towel but I’m glad I did it not
because of not to say oh I’m running this is the shrink right but I prove
myself at another mental toughness so if some so much yeah absalom me it’s more
like things are gonna happen how do you deal with the situation just now I’m
injury doesn’t mean I have to go run ten miles a day I’ll keep my my my shrink
alive my accountability the promise I made to myself is a small amount of
miles per day but I’m getting up even if it comes down to that initial ten miles
that I still have to do here I even tell people if I have to crawl I’ll have I’ll
do it you’ll do it yeah and I’ll say if you don’t think curling is running
that’s fine but I went out there that day because it’s not even so much the
physical aspect some time getting up day-in day-out finding an hour is your
day right to do something is tough even though it’s like a small percentage of
you I think the important point is what and what you’ve done which you can
translate into other things as far as far as life is that you’ve made a part
of your identity Yeah right so that’s a lot of that’s important in changing
behavior you know even though you may not feel that you want to run yeah
during the day you know people are looking for you to run and that’s who
you are I’m glad about that
at some point yeah every time I want to share my life with people on YouTube yes
but the videos that did well was just running right and I told my girlfriend
I’m like I don’t want to be just known as a runner I’m more than just running
right and I don’t want to just have to do that right but because I was scared
to a point where like it what happened if I stop running today but I want to
sit down and I thought to myself like I stop it stop stop stop lying to yourself
oh you’re not gonna stop anything because you love this so this is what
you know just keep pumping it out keep showing it because I really love it
right but with the point that you said that is an image of me this is what I’m
known for but thank God I’m grateful it hasn’t gotten to a point where I feel
like you have to do I have to do it but I love doing it that’s why I keep doing

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