Over the past week, my wife and I have been watching the new season of House of Cards on Netflix.

I really love this show because it’s dark, plays tricks on your mind, and because Frank Underwood’s story-line hooks you in.

Now I don’t want to share any show spoilers in case you haven’t been watching, but the gist of the show goes something like this:

Frank (the main character) came from a poor home in South Carolina. Over time he rose through the ranks of the US government to … let’s just say become a very, very powerful man (no spoilers here!).

That all seems normal for a show about politicians, except for the fact that he’s never elected to many of the positions typically reserved for elected officials.

They just “fell” into his lap!

You could call him lucky, but I’m sure Frank would laugh at that notion. He’d say he created that luck.

How to Create Your Own Luck

See, it’s easy to see Frank’s success as luck.

Same goes for all those runners you see effortlessly knocking out mile after mile, no matter how terrible the weather is or how busy they’re lives appear.

You know who I’m talking about.

They look like they’ve just won the running lottery, especially when you’re feeling down or stuck.

My point? I don’t believe the kind of dumb luck everyone dreams of really exists. But I do believe in a different kind of luck.

A real, non-mystical kind of luck that Frank Underwood and that runner you love to hate created for themselves.

How? It’s pretty simple:

Preparation + Motivation + Opportunity = Luck

While you might see a running partner effortlessly knocking out run after run as “lucky,” what you’re not seeing is all the work that went in to getting them on that run.

All the routine building. All the epically terrible runs and failed goals. All the hard work and nasty blisters.

All you can see is the result of that hard work.

So while they may be lucky … it’s not the kind of random luck that wins Powerballs.

It’s formulated luck. It’s being smart enough to put systems in place, strong enough to work hard, and motivated enough to take risks and make progress.

So therein lies the question:

Do you want to be the “lucky” one discouraged runners dream about? Or do you want to watch another runner pass by and wonder why you struggle to keep up?

That’s what I thought.

Introducing Next Level Runner


Over the past few months I’ve been working with a number of runners just like you to develop a program that tackles the training needs and struggles almost all runners are facing.

The result is the Next Level Runner program: A goal oriented membership program where we’ll go in-depth into a new running topic, set ambitious but achievable goals, and build each other up through the online community.

NLR2-smallYou’ll make routines sustainable, motivation a key ingredient, and speed, endurance, and injury prevention a reality.

Basically, you’re creating your own — formulated, predictable — luck for your running. The kind that only goes away when you want it to.

Sounds pretty great, right?

Click here to learn more about Next Level Runner.

And because I’m so excited to share this opportunity with you, I’m offering the program at a special discounted price through this Friday, April 8th.

It’ll almost certainly never be this cheap again.

Now’s your chance to create your own luck. Join Next Level Runner here.

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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