25 + 1 Lessons Learned from Running

I started running 11 years ago right off with competitive college cross country running. Later I continued on with road races, half marathons and marathons. Then in 2008, some months after my first marathon and quickly after registering for Boston I develop hip problems. I couldn’t run. Nobody had the answers. Nobody had the solutions. For a few years it was a good week when I could run at all, there were months at a time I didn’t run a step or more than a couple of miles in pain. Now I am pain-free for a year and a half. I am gradually increasing mileages, did some races. I am still not where I was in 2008 but getting there. I am a pain-free. Running is my life. Running is love. And most of all running has given me and taught me a lot I am trying to apply to other areas of my life:

  1. The mind is a powerful thing: it can make the body do anything.
  2. Even when the body wants to quit your mind can help you keep going.
  3. Pace yourself. Speed is not the key, but endurance is.
  4. Embrace the process. Enjoy the run. Enjoy the journey.
  5. Sometimes you need a break. Even a day off. Sometimes even a week off. Embrace your rest.
  6. You cannot reach the finish line unless you start.
  7. Get out of your comfort zone.
  8. Noone can do the work for you. But they can support and motivate you along the way.
  9. No matter how hard you work, disappointments may happen. Learn from your lessons and keep going.
  10. You are much stronger than you think you are.
  11. Believe that you can do it.
  12. Do the best YOU can do without comparing yourself to others.
  13. The view at the top worth the climb. The joy at the end of the workout or race worth the pain endured on the way.
  14. If you really want and love something you will find time for it.
  15. Listen to your body. Always.
  16. Shit happens. Sometimes you have to improvise.
  17. Celebrate each step along the way. Celebrate each milestone.
  18. Do not take anything for granted. Enjoy the present. Be thankful for every moment.
  19. Run your own race.
  20. You may not always see results right away, but hard work and belief pays off. Keep going. Keep believing.
  21. Don’t be afraid to dream big.
  22. Being one with nature feels amazing.
  23. Be your own motivation. Believe in yourself.
  24. Life can be beautiful.
  25. Healing IS possible if you truly believe in it. Never give up.

+ 1. Do it from love.

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(The finish line at my first half marathon after healing from my long-term injury. May 2013, Split, Croatia. Forever thankful for this race.)

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