Oh my!!!!! I can't believe it!!!!! The time is here!!! YES!!!! 4 months of training ending and now time to perform and take my best shot at running a FULL MARATHON!!!!! I think reality is setting in.... and weirdly, I feel a bit sad about training coming to an end.... it has been a journey like no other!!!!
Throughout my training for the upcoming Snicker's Marathon that occurs on Saturday, I have learned, or should I say, discovered my parallels between running and life.
RUNNING & LIFE: So Similar
1- I have amazing people in my life!!! Seriously, without support and encouragement from my family, friends, co-workers, my coach, and fellow runners, I couldn't have made it through training! As in life, having supportive and positive people in your life allows you to be successful in everything you do!.
2- With running, there are going to be bad runs like in life there are bad days. During these times, you simply push through, and you become stronger than before! There will be good runs as there are good days in life.... these times make you feel like a rock star, happy, and blessed.
3- Running motivates you to set goals like running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or a full marathon. In life, you must set goals and work hard to obtain those goals. Goals are not entitlements! You must WORK!!!!
4- There are many types of runners, and not all runners are at the same performance level, but we are all runners!!!! Runners have different paces, different body types, etc..... but, we are all runners! In life, there are all kinds of people (cultures, professions, etc), but we are all people! Runners learn from other runners, and depend on each other for support/motivation. In life, people should do the same for other people, despite any differences!
5-Running is all about attitude, as too is life! A bad attitude and outlook brings bad runs and negative things in life! A bad attitude only provides a road block!!! You get no where! With a positive attitude, runs improve and life challenges seem to resolve because you have the mind clear of negativity!!!
6- Being a successful runner requires consistency to improve and get stronger! As in life, you must be consistent working toward goals or you never improve and get stuck in a "rut." In running and life, what you do day in and day out is what keeps you moving forward toward your goals!!!
7- In running and in life, your personal journey may be inspiring to another person. Therefore, always try your best and set an example. You never know when a small gesture encourages another person. Always put on your best face, and give your best effort in everything you do!
8- Running teaches you that you are your own competition. It isn't about winning a race or becoming like another runner, but rather winning at achieving your personal goals and doing your personal best! As in life, you must better yourself daily and be accountable to achieve success in your personal life and professional life!
9- Running teaches you to be flexible as you must be in life. Race day will come no matter what!!!!! Whether you get sick during training or on race day, weather may not be favorable (like too hot, too cold, raining, snowing), or you get injured-- you must simply be able to take on the circumstances and adjust. So to speak, you may be forced to go with plan B! The more flexible you are, the better you adapt and get back on track with goals. Or, if you have to pull out of a race, you simply accept the situation and know that there are other races to achieve your goal...... just "keep on, keeping on!"
10- Running and training for a goal like a marathon shows you that in life, if something is important to you, you find a way! Anyone, can find time to fit into their day what is truly important to them! For instance, I get my runs in early during the week prior to getting my son up and ready for school. On weekends, I meet fellow runners to run prior to my family even getting out of bed. YOU CHOOSE to make time or as the saying goes "You make excuses!"
Today wasn't a walk in clinic day, but I wore my scrubs and running shoes anyway. I wear a lab coat, therefore, I don't think anyone minded. But, you know, with 2 days out from a full marathon.... I needed to make sure I kept my feet happy!!!! Right?!?!!!!
Well, I need to get the nightly routine completed and get a 6 year old to bed..... UNTIL LATER!!!!!!!
**Anything particular that life has taught you?!?!
**Any slight "rule breakers" you do prior to a big race? Luckily, no one mentioned anything about me in scrubs on a non-walk in day! :)