Life Lessons Learned From Pounding the Pavement

In today’s episode of the show, I’m talking about some of the life lessons that I’ve learned about running that definitely apply to other areas of life as well.


I’ve never been a big metaphor guy, but running parallels so many other areas of my life as well that it’s almost scary.

The ups… The downs…

Running is life and life is running.

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And here are some life lessons that I’ve learned over the course of several years and thousands of miles.

  • There is No Single Definition of Success: You decide what success means to you.
  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: Every runner is unique, so comparing yourself to others is pointless.
  • Relish the Small Victories: Big goals are great, but it’s important to celebrate the small victories along the way.
  • You Only Get Out What You Put In: If you want to be successful, you have to do the work!
  • Starting is Hard, But Not as Hard as You Think: You don’t need to be “an expert” to get started. You don’t need all of the fanciest gear. You just need to get started.
  • Shit Happens: No matter how well you plan, no matter how prepared you are, there are times that things don’t go the way you want them to go.
  • The Biggest Obstacle to My Success is Me: If I could just get out of my own way once in awhile…
  • The Finish Line is Seldom the End: Always keep moving forward.
  • Run Your Race on Your Terms: Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.
  • I’m Capable of More Than I Give Myself Credit For: Stop putting limits on what is possible!
  • Have Fun: Seriously, just have fun!

These are just some of the life lessons I’ve learned about life during my time as a runner.

What Life Lessons Have You Learned From Running That Can Apply to Other Areas of Life as Well?

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2 replies
  1. Stephanie Wattenbarger
    Stephanie Wattenbarger says:

    Thank you for this. So much of it resonates with me. Celebrating small victories is super important even in training when no one is there to witness it, there are no screaming crowds or finish line. Sometimes I get up in my head that it’s no big deal that I do back to back long runs, that that is just part of it. But it IS a big deal when I look back over the past few years and see how far I’ve come. Comparison is a killer for sure because it takes the focus off of what I need to do to improve ME. Then there are those time killers. I can get completely lost in surfing twitter/facebook on my days off until hours have passed. As of late, I try to only watch/listen to those things that are only going to grow me as a person/athlete. I even took a week off of twitter so as not to be distracted. So much can be mindless chatter with no substance. I appreciate sites such as this. What you do is making a difference and is definitely leaving the world a better place. That’s a metaphor in itself-running makes us better people so that we can pay it forward and help someone else on their journey. Oh and that Boston thing? You CAN and you WILL!


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