What Marathons (and Ultras) Can Teach You About Life

by | Sep 1, 2019 | Mindset, Training

Over at MapMyRun, I wrote about the things that I’ve learned from racing marathons and other endurance events (and a few lessons I learned from some of my favorite inspirations like Chris McDougall and Matt Fitzgerald). For instance…

MEDALS DON’T MATTER AS MUCH AS YOU THINK: At the time, not hitting a PR or not getting the top-10 finish you wanted may seem like a huge disappointment. But ultimately, running a marathon isn’t really about race day — the benefits you get from that 26.2 miles come from the training and healthy life changes you made in preparation. (Run coach David Roche’s race-day motto is that racing is simply a celebration of your training.) The same is true in life: Big moments like college graduations or job promotions feel great in the moment, but really, they’re just celebrations of all the work you put in behind-the-scenes. Those moments don’t define you, how you live every day defines you.

Read the rest here: 8 Things Marathons Can Teach You About Life

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