31 Marathons in 31 Days
With time and struggle, Rob re-learned to how to walk, cycle, run and row with prosthetics legs. Always eager to challenge himself, he decided to train for the 2012 Paralympics for a rowing spot. After winning multiple prestigious regattas, he and his partner earned a spot in the Paralympics taking home the bronze medal.
In 2013, Rob decided to ride his bicycle solo across America, starting in Bar Harbor, Maine, and ending in Camp Pendleton, California. He completed the 5,180 miles 181 days after he began, while raising $126,000 for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Ride 2 recovery, three charities which aid wounded veterans.
This Fall, Rob Jones will set out to complete a Month of Marathons across the United States, with one stop in London. That’s 26.2 miles every day for 31 consecutive days, not to mention traveling to a different city every day. Impressive right? Well, he also wants to raise 1,000,000 dollars for Veteran organizations along the way. We told you he was a badass.
LALO is excited to help Rob push himself further than he has ever before, and achieve his goals. We will be keeping you updated on his Journey from start to finish. If you are interested in learning more about the cause, visit robjonesjourney.com
Below we have shared some Q&A with Rob for your enjoyment. Take a look into Rob’s amazing life.
LALO: Why do you believe mental and physical improvement can be obtained through struggle?
RJ: Improvement is a response to a stressor. From a physical perspective, it is the SAID principle. Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands. The principle applies to the mental aspects of improvement as well. If a person’s body or mind is never challenged, then it has no reason to change itself in any way, and will not use its resources to do so. If a person does challenge their body or mind, however, after rising to the challenge, the body or mind will improve itself to the point that it will be able to handle that specific challenge in the future more easily. Thus, the only way to improve yourself is to challenge yourself. And the ways in which we can challenge ourselves is limited only by our imagination. It does not only have to be via physical exercise, but by mental exercise, or both at the same time. Or by trying new things, or by purposefully placing ourselves in situations that scare us, or by cutting our safety nets and forcing ourselves to accomplish something due to necessity.
LALO: What is an average day for Rob Jones?
RJ: An average day for me consists of training for my upcoming marathon challenge, and doing what I need to recover from the training. It also involves both reading and writing about subjects concerning veterans, and self-improvement, so that I can better be a representative of what veterans, and people in general can be. Today I woke at 6:30, ran for 2 hours, ate breakfast, read a chapter in Warriors and Citizens by James Mattis, and wrote a few thoughts on my recovery, and some of the aspects that were beneficial and negative. I will eat dinner around 5:30, and will be in bed by 7:30. There I will read until 9:30, and will go to sleep.
LALO: What is your favorite workout or way to train?
RJ: Even though I am training to run 812 miles in a month, my favorite way to train is to lift weights. I enjoy how easy it is to see improvements, and the variety of ways that I can challenge myself. I enjoy running as well, but it can tend to get monotonous at times.
LALO: How do you stay motivated throughout your training?
RJ: Motivation for me stems from desire, and long term vision. I have certain objectives that I truly want to accomplish, and they are many months away. What keeps me doing my training even when I don’t really feel like it is the fact that I WANT to accomplish my goals. Without the desire to complete what I’ve set out to do, it is very easy to find an excuse. While I do not always want to run today, I know that running today will put me closer to accomplishing my goal, and so the path is clear.
LALO: What is something an average person doesn’t think about when it comes to being a double amputee?
RJ: I can only speculate on what the average person does and does not think about, however, one of the less obvious visual aspects of being myself is the amount of setup required to do what I do. People in my daily life will see me in the grocery store or out running and may believe that I simply got up and did them. However, in order to walk or run, I must prepare my stumps with liners, lubrication, ply socks to make my sockets fit better, and the sockets themselves being donned in a comfortable position in order to even leave the house.
LALO: Why pick 31 marathons in 31 days?
RJ: I selected the marathon distance because it is a distance that I have ran before, and I know that it is challenging to me. The rest is mostly from practical considerations. I couldn’t do much longer than a marathon, because then I wouldn’t have enough time to get to the next location. I selected 31 days because it made sense to me to do a full month, and any more than that felt like it would be too long, and wouldn’t hold the public’s interest.
To stay up to date with Rob’s Journey, follow us on Instagram @lalotactical, or like us on Facebook, where we will be continually updating you on Rob’s progress, from his training to each marathon!
LALO has also designed a limited edition “Rob Jones Journey” Tech Tee for purchase soon at lalotactical.com Proceeds from sales will go towards Rob’s goal of 1 million dollars for veteran organizations.