BART spokesman and former KCBS news reporter Chris Filippi
Inspired by the story of Navy Seal David Goggins, Chris Filippi sought to step up his physical game following his first marathon. The new test of conditioning would be running four miles every four hours over the course of two days–48 miles in 48 hours. The BART spokesman and former radio reporter at KCBS breaks down the challenges–both mental and physical in pulling off the feat, what stops others from accomplishing challenges and how breakthroughs like these transcends every area of life. We recorded on conversation immediately following the second presidential debate so we started with a breakdown of the biggest story of the day. Who scored the most points and was either candidate able to move the needle with the few remaining undecided voters.
Why Chris Filippi Embraced Challenge of 48 miles in 48 hours.
"Every day you've got to get yourself up. You've got to use that drive to...answer the bell. And that's one of the things that appealed to me about the 4 x 4 x 48 is that essentially what your doing is--you're not taking a punch. You're not in a ring. But there are similarities to a boxing match in that you need to answer the bell not once, not twice, but you need to do it twelve times."
"From the very beginning, the union, the league and the teams committed to 'Say Her Name" and Black Lives Matter and those movements as kind of the focus of the season and I think it was inspiring to watch these players work on the court and work off the court. And I know the teams around the league backed the players and really focused on those two campaigns, 'Say Her Name' and Black Lives Matter."
"Justice, equality and doing the right thing and treating people the right way and respecting everyone's life dwarfs the importance of basketball but if basketball is the vehicle you can use to generate attention and garner support for all these issues that are so important....then you try to utilize that avenue again to highlight the issues and affect change."
"It's been really hard for me to say, 'Put me in the Radio Hall of Fame' because I want to take all these guys with me...we're a small company. There's four of us. That's it. We have to do every little thing and there's no way I could even do one of their jobs. They have everything ready for me when it's time to go on the radio. The thought of doing it without them is not even possible."
"I went to the Netflix office, had on my suit and the receptionist said 'Good morning' and I just walked right past her like I was supposed to be there. And then I got to the elevator and I'm like 'I got this far. Now I gotta go talk to somebody.' So I asked some woman, 'Who do you talk to about getting a film distributed. I just made a movie.' She said, 'Okay, let me get back to you, sir.' And she goes in the elevator. I didn't know what floor to go to. Then security comes down and escorts me out of there...so driving back I felt good because at least I tried. I had confidence enough in myself to think if I could have got past that door, if somebody saw my movie, it would have been picked up.'
They have those amazing muscles on their bodies and they look fantastic but is that attainable for the regular person? I don't believe so. They train like animals and have to have real restrictive diets to be in that shape and form. And it's for a temporary basis. Very few competitors on that level maintain that body year round. And that's not regular person. I"m the regular person. I'm the person next door who lives the lifestyle. I'm not here to tell you how to build a muscular body or this body that's going to be as hard as steel. No, I'm just a woman who's almost 50, who's learned to live a healthy balance. And I incorporate mental health, physical health, emotional health and spiritual health into my whole composition of helping people."