Runner Attempts David Goggins’ ‘Run-Pushup-Run’ Challenge And Tries To Make It Even Tougher (For Some Reason)

If you’re reading this article, there’s a strong chance you’re already familiar with David Goggins. His name in the headline is probably the reason you clicked in the first place.

For those unfamiliar, David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man), and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

He’s a mentally and physically tough SOB. To become so calloused, Goggins puts himself through insane exercise regimes. Most of his workouts are shear tests of grit and will.

One of his more popular workouts for us regular folks who cry when things get tough is the “Run-Pushup-Run” workout. This routine was a common occurrence when writer Jesse Itzler invited Goggins to live with him for a month.

Here’s how the challenge works: run 6 miles, stopping every half-mile to do 25 pushups. The beginning pace for the challenge is a 9-minute mile but the runner has to work the pace down by 10 seconds after every mile.

At the completion of the challenge, the runner should have completed a total of 300 push-ups and ended with an 8:10 pace or better.

YouTuber and distance runner Elijah Orr decided to try Goggins’ exhausting run-pushup-run challenge but added another degree of difficulty – his starting pace is 7:30 which means he’ll need to get down to a 6:40 mile by the end.

Oh, and, everything in under an hour.



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