51 Running + Life Lessons

51 Running + Life LessonsOne year ago today I signed on for my first marathon.

Can you believe it’s only been one year? Holy! Hubs and I were sitting in our hot tub and he was doing his damnedest to talk me into dancing with the beast. After months and months of goading [on his part], and a tad bit of shame and coercion, that night I finally shouted, “Fine! F* it! I’m in! I’ll do it! I’m all over chasing 26.2 next year man, now for the love of all things holy… get off my a**!”  

As I look back, I can honestly say I’m grateful he pushed. (More like shoved but whatever.) And I’m even MORE grateful I said yes. Because that one itty bitty tiny moment of decision last December magically changed my entire life. (Who freakin’ knew?)

So… before we officially close the books on 2013, I feel inclined to share a handful of the lessons I learned this year. For one, I know you’ll relate. Two, some of these might save you a little heartache and hassle. And finally… a few just might have you laughing your ever-lovin’ a** off.  (Or saying yes to your next BIG goal — woot!)

51 Running + Life Lessons 2013 Taught Me

  1. Never say never.
  2. Every foam roller on the planet is a mean-spirited b*tch.
  3. “Maybe” is a con. The only person you’re ripping off when you’re on the fence is you.
  4. Being in marathon shape does not equate to mad levels of overall strength and fitness.
  5. There is no shame in peeing along the trail. Shame only comes if you get caught.
  6. It’s a blow to your ego to learn Oprah ran her first marathon faster than you. (4:29:20)
  7. The person who needs your forgiveness most is you.
  8. Not every run will be a win. Some days, it will be like eating a huge, gritty, hellish piece of humble pie.
  9. Laying down your first marathon does not make the others any easier.
  10. Non-runners say all sorts of outlandish, ridiculous sh*t about what running does to your body. But how would they know?
  11. You can’t control how good someone else is. You can only do what’s required to be a better, faster, stronger version of you.
  12. It’s perfectly normal to have an emotional attachment to your running shoes.
  13. If this sh*t was easy, everyone would be doing it.
  14. Losing a toenail won’t kill you.
  15. There is no such thing as a perfect race day photo.
  16. You can’t prepare for your first-ever ice bath. But hot coffee and a fleece pullover can help.
  17. Trust your training.
  18. A pit stop at a port-a-potty can make or break a PR.
  19. Gear doesn’t make you a runner. Running does.
  20. At the end of the day, you are only competing with yourself.
  21. The most important aspect of running is staying injury free.
  22. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is leave your Garmin at home.
  23. When you ask your body to do epic sh*t, give it what it needs to get the damn job done. (Good food.)
  24. Love, love, love the journey.
  25. Be extra nice to the peeps picking up the slack in your life while you train.
  26. It takes time to find a new pace.
  27. When it comes to runner’s safety, hope is not a strategy. Being prepared is.
  28. Boobs shrink and butt cracks chafe. It’s all fun and games until it happens to YOU.
  29. Pride is enough.
  30. A run never lies. It will shine a light on every last thing that’s not working. Not because it hates you, but because it wants you to fight for it, come back stronger and get sh*t right.
  31. The road is one of the most honest places to be.
  32. Natural doping works. (I.e. altitude training.)
  33. Running is not free.
  34. Pushing yourself beyond what you thought possible will change your life.
  35. You miss the structure when you’re not training.
  36. Never, ever skimp on your shoes. If you’re going to tell your brain to tell your dawgs to bang out hundreds of miles next year, then for crying out loud, splurge.
  37. Stop acting like what you’re doing isn’t enough. (Hey… remember when you couldn’t run a mile?)
  38. If you have to tweak or change a goal, do it and MOVE ON.
  39. Throw epic pity parties. Then promptly get your a** back in the game.
  40. A runner’s pantry is loaded with items they have no idea how to pronounce or prepare.
  41. Running will break your heart, snatch your pride and leave you begging for your ever-lovin’ life. But it always gives more than it takes.
  42. Training for anything takes a sh*t ton of get over yourself.
  43. Always thank the higher ups for the opportunity to be HERE doing THIS.
  44. Rooting for others puts the soul in sole.
  45. Don’t count calories. Burn them.
  46. YOU are the one you’ve been waiting for.
  47. It doesn’t matter what happens during the race. It matters that you showed up.
  48. There’s no room for ego in this sport.
  49. Being injured makes you want it even more.
  50. Scared sh*tless is the one place you can go where you know you’re living.
  51. Training for a race is tough at the beginning, messy in the middle and freakin’ worth it at the end.

Today I’m celebrating new friends, epic finish lines, the lessons we learn and faith that only good lies ahead for all of us.



P.S. It’s your turn! What are some of your running + life lessons this year? Come chat me up at www.Facebook.com/BrooksFirstMarathon — I’d love to learn from you!

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