WHO I AM.
My name is Conor O'Keeffe, a 27 year old ultra runner from Cork, Ireland. Most notably, in May of this year I won the Enduroman 200 Mile Ultra Race 2019. Becoming the youngest person to finish the race. A race which hadn't had a finisher since 2016. I am also only the second person ever to complete that particular race in under the 60 hour time limit. In a time of 59:45:06 (I know, close one.)
Although, that doesn't really tell the story. There was a much different man on January 1st of that year. I think I was a man like many others. Working a 9-5 job I hated, to pay for my alcohol and cigarette fuelled weekends. Trapped. I felt my life was a constant battle between ups and downs. I would have huge highs and crashing lows. There was nowhere for me to just, be. I woke up on January 1st 2019 filled with alcohol and stinking of cigarettes and I knew shit had to change. For good this time.
This page is about the continuing journey of the man who I am becoming. A man who lives the TFS life. I want to spread this message. I just want to share my life with those who are interested in following someone doing something slightly out of the ordinary. Out of the comfort zone. I want to be honest with myself and with the people who follow my journey. And show an example of what you can do if you connect with your mind. Alone I am but one man. With all of you with me, we are powerful.
MY ATHLETIC GOALS
As an ultra endurance athlete my goal is simple, I want to answer one question: what am I capable of? There is no easy answer to that question. In the coming year I plan on running 32 marathons in 32 days in the 32 counties of Ireland. I'm also going to try and run the length of Ireland from Mizen Head to Malin Head in record time. All in the same year. I want to push myself. To give myself the chance of failure. To doubt myself. To fear failure. To see what's on the other side of that fear.
WHAT IS TFS?
TFS is an abbreviation of the words Tough Fucker Shit. I coined it on one of my early morning runs weeks into my journey. But what does that mean? I was kinda joking at the time, but I had no idea what it would mean to people that were following my journey. People who may have seen a piece of themselves in me. A man who was dealing with personal struggles and was trying to change his life. I started to get people sending me messages and photos of them working out, running or doing something that was outside of their comfort zone. To me, that's what TFS means. It means doing anything that takes you out of your comfort zone. Sure, I used Tough Fucker Shit to describe my 4.30am runs and brutal gym sessions. But TFS isn't just that.
It's much more than that. It's an honesty. A certain integrity. An unwillingness to settle for what's comfortable and easy. TFS is for everyone! That means walking the dog for twenty minutes after work, instead of crashing down to wolf down four hours of TV. It could mean signing up for a 5k run when you haven't run in years. It could be just turning off the TV.
Putting down your phone and letting your own mind speak to you. That can be scary. Actually, being present. TFS is for each and every person who wants or needs it. TFS should mean just as much to the forty-year-old mother of two as it does to the twenty-seven-year-old man whose career isn't going the way he thought it would. It just means getting up and giving your full honest effort and getting out of what's comfortable and easy. Pushing for more. It isn't about getting a six pack or financial success. It's about personal development and fulfillment. So, I ask: do you want to be part of the TFS nation? Do you want to get out of that comfort zone? You might have doubts. And you might fears. That's good.
See what's on the other side of them. What's hidden under the fear and doubt? That's a question that's worth answering. That's TFS.