In Sam Schramski’s Running is Always Blind, the amazing capabilities of the human brain and body are put on display. Schraminski describes how the brain especially is capable of so much more than we know and it often does much more than we can even consciously comprehend. He does this primarily through the analysis and description of the trail-running of Scott Jurek. In the conclusion of the article, Scott Jurek states “Your body can accomplish a lot, but at the end of the day—like those days where I’d be running for hours on the AT—sometimes you just start stumbling and giving in.” This quote, along with Schraminski’s vivid description of the capabilities of the brain, highlight a very apparent gap between what we limit our body to with our consciousness and what our body is capable of. Navy SEALs have something called the “40% rule”. This “rule” states that when you think that you have reached your limit and you can’t do any more, your body is really only 40% of the way to its maximum effort. While the 40% rule is primarily talking about mental toughness and Shraminski’s article is talking more about mobility and balance, both highlight the amazing feats humans are capable of that we may initially believe to be impossible. This is often because we humans don’t want to do things that make us uncomfortable. Due of this habit, we accept failure before we even try to accomplish a task. I have found in my life that my greatest accomplishments and best memories have come from times that I have been most uncomfortable. From things as small as being put in a new position in a soccer game, to pushing myself through a grueling workout, to going on a mission trip to a new country with an immense language barrier, I have been able to do so much more when I have been pushed out of my comfort zone. The point that Shraminiski highlights is a vital one that can be applied to any aspect of your life; so next time you see something you think you can’t do, reconsider and remember you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for.
More about the 40% rule here
Schramski, Sam. “Running Is Always Blind.” Nautilus. NautilusThink, 07 July 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016.