It’s called a GORUCK Heavy, and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Harder than an Ironman triathlon.

Simply put, it’s a 24-hour event where you carry heavy things a long way. Between 30-80 pounds for roughly 40 miles. It was physically demanding, and those last four hours were mentally grueling.

Here’s what it taught me…

There’s a big difference between fit and tough. You can be really fit without being tough, but you cannot be really tough without also being fit. Fit is physical; it’s the building block that starts things. Tough is mental; it’s what finishes them.

Tough doesn’t make excuses, it just keeps moving forward. Fit had quit by hour 13. Tough kept going even after the skin came off its toes. 

Tough crushes fit.

But a GORUCK event is also a lot of fun. Each event is run by U.S. Special Forces professionals who somehow get you laughing and embracing the suck.

If you’re looking for that next-level challenge, or you want to see how tough you are, I highly recommend a GORUCK event. The company claims that it will make you a better American. I can assure you that it’ll make you a tougher one!