using progressive mastery to run an ultramarathon

I’ve been devouring High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. One of the things he talked about was PROGRESSIVE MASTERY. Whats make it different then just putting in the hours and doing the same thing over and over is it focuses on the right kind of practice and monitoring your progressive along the way. Instead of the 10,000 hours to master something, it focuses on deliberate practice with emotion attached to it. As soon as I heard the concept I knew it was something I should implement for my Daytona 100 ultramarathon training  (oh yea, I’m attempting a 100 miler, more on that later)

Using Progressive Mastery from High Performance Habits to run an ultramarathon


  1. Determine a skill that you want to master - To successfully run a 100 mile ultramarathon.

  2. Set specific stretch goals on your path to developing that skill - As my training goes on, I’ll set markers in my training to measure where I am and where I want to be.

  3. Attach high levels of emotion and meaning to your journey and your results- This is easy because there is already a lot of emotion and meaning to me running a 100 mile ultra. I’ve attempted this race two years ago and dropped out at mile 65. It also goes through my hometown and where I spent a lot of my time.

  4. Identify the factors critical to success, and develop your strengths in those areas (and fix your weaknesses with equal fervor) - Obviously factors that are critical to my success are endurance, mental toughness, and strength. Definitely more attention to strengthening my glutes, hips, core and working on balance and mobility.

  5. Develop visualizations that clearly imagine what success and failure look like. -One of the things that I do when I run is imagine myself on the course and imagine finishing and how good it will feel. After DNF’ing it two years ago I already know how shitty failure feels. (PS It’s the worst)

  6. Schedule challenging practices developed by experts or through careful thought - This is where my coach comes in. He knows what he’s doing so I just follow what he says. 

  7. Measure your progress and get outside feedback. - I keep track of all my runs on Strava so I’ll probably just get more detailed with the logging of the runs. Outside feedback will be from Scott.

  8. Socialize your learning and efforts by practicing or competing with others-. Since my race isn’t until December I’ll have some other races lined up to practice fueling and racing. Also keep running with friends.

  9. Continue setting higher level goals so that you keep improving - Once I hit one goal I will keep bumping it up. 

  10. Teach others what you are learning- That’s kinda what I do here and on Instagram: I tell you guys what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, what mistakes I made, what I did right and what I’m learning.

So yes, expect a post talking more about why I’m running a 100 mile ultra and some posts talking about my training, etc. I’m still flirting with the idea of starting a vlog to keep up with it, I just hate the way I sound on camera….but from all the books I’ve been reading and listening to they basically say to get comfortable being uncomfortable so maybe I should just do it.

Happy Monday guys!