Will Smith Runs Half Marathon In Cuba
In the latest episode of “Will Smith’s Bucket List” Will heads to Cuba and pushes the limits of his mental and physical strength by running a half marathon in sweltering heat with less than 3 weeks of preparation.
“As I talk the story out, it doesn’t seem like a good idea. It’s my snap reaction to say, ‘yeah I could run a half marathon.’ Then when I have my quiet moments…yeah, I think of all the bucket lists this is the one I’m most concerned about. Like in my deepest honesty with myself I really am not sure if I can run 13 miles.” – Will Smith
During the episode Will revealed he decided to run the half marathon following his father’s death.
“My father died about a year and a half ago and it didn’t hit me so much emotionally as it hit me existentially. It was like, oh sh*t I’m next. In terms of pushing my body, I want to keep my body conditioned and more than anything I want to keep my mind strong. It’s like I can do anything, like there is nothing I can’t do.”
Will also revealed that he might have been in the worst shape of his life when he decided to run the race, but that taking on the challenge helped him grow spiritually.
“This is almost a bit of a spiritual expansion for me, too, in dealing with my ego. I lived most of my adult life and career in shape. Being this far out of shape is kind of a little bit new for me. I didn’t drink for over a decade. You know, during my rise as a movie star I was like wildly disciplined, so being in this place in my life, even something as simple as taking my shirt off while I’m out of shape, like, you know this for me now allowing myself to be seen less than optimally is new.”
Hit the flip to find out if Will hit his goal time for the race.
So Will set a goal time of 2:10:00 and unfortunately he fell short of that goal, but he still found growth from the experience.
“Goals are not important in and of themselves, right? So, to me, you set goals for the purpose of learning. I learned that I’m a different person than I was 10 years ago. You know, 10 years ago I’d have been embarrassed, I’d have been pissed, I’d have been in my room by myself, I’d be calling a meeting with everybody to figure out what happened.”
“There used to be so much poison in my drive. You know for me being number one was everything, and I was willing to die to be the biggest movie star in the world and there was nothing more important than that. I’m really in a different place in my life as I’ve gotten older I don’t feel the pressure of living up to the billboard image of myself like I used to, and living with these imperfections and accepting my weaknesses has brought me so much freedom. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Watch the episode HERE
Anybody here ran a half marathon before? Seems pretty brutal, not quite as bad as a marathon. Was it surprising to hear that Will felt out of shape going into this race? Ever since ‘Ali” and “I Am Legend’ we have a hard time thinking of him as anything other than buff and chiseled AF.