Hector Rodriguez is a husband, father, and ultramarathon runner. His life changed forever after he read Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. Shortly thereafter, he gave himself a mission: cover 10 miles daily (via walk, hike, or run).
In this conversation, we spoke about why he honors Kobe Bryant with his bib numbers, the person he was before he started, and some of his toughest ultra moments.
2:20 Why does Hector wear Kobe’s bibs?
6:22 Where Hector was before he was this person?
9:30 The moments that changed Hector
16:30 Hector pushing through pain
17:25 How to identify pain vs. injury
18:30 Where does Hector’s deep awareness of self come from?
19:40 Is Hector wearing the same clothing + sneakers “comfort”?
21:00 Hector’s mental talk during a long tough run
23:51 How has the Wolfpack changed Hector’s life
26:41 What would’ve Hector done if quarantine happened earlier?
27:50 International Wolfpack
29:22 Cultivating sources of wisdom
31:50 Negative repercussions of changing?
34:10 What did friends/family say about Hector’s change?
38:32 Keep going
40:53 When did Hector know he was successful in his journey?
43:33 Emotional letter from daughter during a tough race
47:09 How these challenges improve Hector’s day-to-day
51:08 Where does Hector’s optimism come from?
54:10 What has Hector learned about himself from spending so much time alone?
56:00 Hector’s advice to someone at minute 54 of a run
58:47 Benefits of walking
1:00:00 Who has Hector directly inspired?
1:03:35 Hector’s niece running an ultra
1:06:00 Hector’s advice to someone pursuing their highest version