The first year I signed up for the Bataan Memorial Death March, I included it on my list of annual goals.
And I almost failed.
After the 26-mile march through the New Mexico desert, my feet were blistered and raw and I was dehydrated. The next few days were spent hobbling as my feet slowly healed.
The following year, I broke down the goal into the vital two parts. My feet and hydration.
First, my feet needed to be tougher. I began to walk around the house and even down the road to the mailbox barefoot. In my conditioning hikes, I chose more uphill and downhill routes to encourage blisters and the subsequent toughening of my soles.
And I pre-hydrated. For 72 hours before the Bataan, I drank as much water, coconut water, and electrolytes as I could stomach.
Did it work? Emphatically, yes. The second year, I didn’t even have a red spot on my feet, let alone a blister. I was a little dehydrated post-race, but it was nothing like the first year. (If you have tips on avoiding dehydration, feel free to shoot me an email.)
How about your goals? How could you break down your 2018 goals into the critical parts? For example, if your goal is promotion in the military, try this. Instead of focusing on the promotion itself, focus on a daily study habit. Or instead of a goal of running a 5k, focus on running (any amount) 4 days a week. Even if it’s only 100 yards (this really does work).
Want to Bataan in 2018? Early registration (at a reduced priced) ends today (31 Dec 17).