There are plenty of life lessons you can draw upon from running. The challenges you experience during a run is often parallel with challenges faced in your everyday life.
Here are a few takeaways from running that you can apply to your everyday life.
You are stronger than you think you are
The body and mind are capable of some incredible things, like running a marathon or delivering on what seems like an impossible deadline. If you think about the hardest thing you’ve ever gone through, take an extra minute to remember you actually did get through it!
If you don’t fuel the right way, you’re going to hit the wall
“Hitting the wall” in running refers to the depletion of important nutrients and chemicals when the body and muscles are fatigued to the extreme. It happens when you don’t properly train or eat. In life, if you want to succeed preparation and self-care is key. To avoid hitting the wall you must appropriately fuel: Practice that extra hour, study for a day longer and GET SOME SLEEP!
Failure is 100 percent probable if you aren’t willing to try
If you don’t sign up for a marathon, you will absolutely not complete it. Fear of failure is one of the more dangerous phobias around. It might be the only fear that guarantees a roadblock to success in all facets of your life.
What goes up must come down
Hills during a run can make your legs feel like lead and result in voices trying to convince you to give up. But if you’re able to power through them, you’ll be rewarded with the liberating experience of soaring downhill! The sense of accomplishment you’ll feel will make any difficult task you tackle totally worthwhile.
It’s about the journey, not the destination
Yes, finishing something as challenging as a marathon can feel unbelievably good but learning during the process is really important. It’ll teach you how to do better next time, what mistakes to avoid in the future and that, again, you can tread through the tough stuff.
If this were easy, everyone would be doing it
The fact that you take on challenges like running a marathon is part of what makes you strong
Inhale, exhale. It’s what gives you life!