What can you and I learn about life from a marathon runner?
This is an article I wrote last September. As I am training for a full marathon this year, I thought I would share it with you now.
I had the incredible privilege this morning of running the Chicago Half Marathon this morning, with 20,000 other runners!
This was a goal I had set for myself at the end of last year. Two years ago I had never run over two miles, and I finished my first 5K. At that point, I knew I wanted to go to the next level with a half marathon.
|London Marathon 25.04.2010 by Julian Mason on Flickr|
I’ve trained for this event for over a year, and I was always somewhat half-doubting that I would actually do it. It became more real for me when I went online, entered my credit card, and paid the entrance fee. Now, I knew I would need to train for the race, and finish it: my bucks were on the line!
There is nothing like the feeling of waking up at 4:30 am, conducting a pre-warm up run, then joining 20,000 runners for an ‘official’ race. For a newbie like myself, it was exhilarating.
But that did not compare to crossing the finish line to the cheers of the crowd, and receiving the runner’s medal at the end!
Which brings me to you!
Do you have a life stretching goal in your life? One that will make you just a bit uncomfortable, that will make you stretch?
Part of creating a life of abundance is having a worthy goal.
As part of learning how to get to my race, I got in touch with some old-time friends of mine and found out that they had trained with a charity group, World Vision. Then I found out about all the specialized training they underwent by being part of the charity group. Every day of the week (with the exception of one day a week to rest and do no exercise) they had a specific training regimen with specific goals.
They also worked with a personal trainer, who advised them on technique and nutrition. One of my friends, who calls himself the Big Machine, has lost almost 50 pounds since picking up running at the beginning of the year, and he’s on his way to completing his first marathon this year! When I spoke to him, he impressed me by how much he helped me (did you know you’re supposed to actually drink water and take supplements during a race? I found that out the hard way during a practice run, where I could no longer run (and barely walk) after 11 miles. He shared with me the important knowledge of hydrating and taking electrolyte or ‘goo’ bars, and this got me through the race!
My point is, that it helps to invest in your personal growth development with the right coaches and/or professionals. By doing so, you will be saving yourself a lot of wasted time and effort.
Training With Others Helps!
How many of you are rugged individualists? How many of you feel that you need to come up with your best ideas on your own?
Well, I’ve kind of had this attitude in training for my event. But, after talking to my friends who trained with World Vision, I realize that I missed out on a lot of camaraderie, relationship building, and fun! Having the right reference group in life makes a huge difference! Who are your ‘training buddies’? Are they positive, achievement oriented individuals? Are they generous toward others, and committed to their own personal growth and development? Can you help them out with your own attitude and combination of skills? And can you learn from them?
I was sitting on the bus shuttle on the way to the event this morning, and got some sage advice from a 5-time veteran. She said,
When you get toward the end of the race, don’t make the mistake of listening to the negative, whining people around you. There will be groups of people, here and there, who are complaining of how tired they are, and that they can’t go any further. Do what I did: find someone who is running ahead of you with a positive mindset and healthy pace, and fix your eyes on them!
What great advice! Who are you listening to in your life? More importantly, how are you talking to yourself?
Do A Little Each Day
The thought of running any race, even a 5K, can be intimidating if you have never run in a race before. But just like any other big goal in life, amazing progress can be made by taking a little at a time. Consistent efforts, day in and day out, make a huge difference!
Application? Practice the power of constant and never ending improvement. You can make each day a masterpiece by keeping your goal in mind and striving to make just 1% improvement in key areas each and every day.
Here are a couple of great articles I have read about life and business as a marathon:
One of my favorite ever reads as it applies to business in general, and online social networking/endeavors specifically is a post by Larry Brauner over at Online Social Networking.
The name of the article is 7 Tips for Winning the Social Media Marathon.
Do you have some goals that are stretching you this year?
Do you choose friends who stretch you and who are committed to personal growth and a positive attitude?
Are you committed to making each day a masterpiece? Even when you feel like giving up?
I’d like to hear from you! Please comment below!
Speaking of marathons:
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