I ran 11 marathons from 2008-2017. Here are 11 lessons I learned, Part #2 of 2.
6. Help others along the way
In one of my marathons, someone trained with me and ran the marathon, too. He lost like 80lbs or so as a result! True success is not just crossing the finish line, but helping someone else cross it with you.
7. Don’t wait till you have time
There is never really time to train and run for a marathon. There is never really time to do anything in life extra. Make time for it. Do it now.
8. Enjoy the journey
Marathon training can be miserable. I had to remind myself that I chose to do this, that this is fun. Life gets miserable at times, too. Remind yourself to relax, smile, and enjoy it.
9. Take time to savor the success
Do you know what I always did after running a marathon? I planned the next one. I never stopped to enjoy the accomplishment. When you accomplish something, don’t just rush on to something else. Stop. Smell the roses and the sweetness of success.
10. Take care of yourself
Recovering from a marathon takes time. I had to slow down for a few days, eat good foods and drink lots of fluids. If I went right back to full speed ahead, it would lead to injuries. Make sure you recover after busy weeks, completing a tough task, etc. If you don’t, you will crash and burn.
11. Success spills over into all of life
Completing the marathons didn’t just improve my exercise and health. It has helped me in my job, tackling rough times, etc. How can your successes help you in other areas of your life?
Hebrews 12:1, “Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”