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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Ultrarunning and Life's Lessons

Ultrarunning and Life’s Lessons

Growing up is a marathon not a sprint – Long Workouts = Endurance

Daddy has run 100 miles in one day! Yup, 24 hours of moving forward and daddy has gone more than 100 miles.

“I could never run that far. Ever.” says a lot of people to daddy.

Daddy says, “You don’t have to run 100 miles. How far can you run?”

“Well, maybe 10 miles.”

“Then all you have to do is run 10 miles. Just do that 10 times.”

When you put it that way.

Lesson: Muscle endurance is improved by long workouts.

The best way to be able to run longer distances is to, well, run longer distances.

The best way to make your muscles stronger and more able to go farther is to push them more and push them longer … in workouts.

You can’t increase endurance until you practice pushing yourself farther than you are used to going.

This works outside of sports, too.

If you are used to writing 100, or 1000 or 5,000 words a day and you want to be able to write more.

Then you need to practice writing more from time to time. That will help the muscle above your head get stronger.

If you want more endurance, you have to practice going farther than what you are used to doing.

Then add up those practice sessions and you will find that you are stronger and can go longer than you used to be able to do.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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