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Life Is Like… Running A Race

I’m watching a live stream of the Boston Marathon as I write this. I am so inspired by each of the runners and by their stories and by who and what they are running for.

Boston Marathon 2013

Kara Goucher is running to set a personal best.

Shalane Flanaga was once a little girl cheering on the sidelines and now she’s one of the elite runners, living out her dream.

And Yolanda Caballero is running in memory of her beloved husband and running coach.


Life and running – both are full of countless adventures, inspiring stories, camaraderie, heroism, risk, and courage. It’s full of peaks and valleys, challenges and triumphs and one lesson after another. It goes by fast so you might as well enjoy the journey!

So whether you’re training to run a marathon, or putting in the miles to be able to finish your triathlon strong, here is the second part in my series:

Life Lessons From My Triathlon Training.

Life is like running a race

  • Running a race is not all about your pace or your time, but about your experience along the way.
  • Sometimes all you can do is put one foot in front of the other and just keep moving forward
  • Running is a lot like life… there is a lot of routine and repetition. To have a good race, you have to put in the time… even when it seems boring and when you’re unmotivated.
  • Life is like running a race | TwoTri.comAfter a long and stressful day, there’s nothing like a good run.
  • What I think I look like when I run is a little different then whatI actually look like. But who cares. If you feel like a rockstar, then you ARE A ROCKSTAR! →
  • When you run, you’ll face obstacles and challenges and there will be times when you think you can’t take another step. But when you do, you realize how much you are capable of.
  • In running, and in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
  • Running for someone special or for something that you’re passionate about is sometimes the exact thing you need to carry you to the finish line.
  • Life is like running a race | TwoTri.comThat race won’t train for itself… you have to get out there and put in the work.
  • Unexpected obstacles and challenges will undoubtedly occur on race day, even though you’ve prepared and trained perfectly. What matters is how you react to these unexpected challenges.
  • You can focus on how miserable you are or you can motivate yourself. It’s your choice.
  •  Remind yourself to look up. It would be a shame if the beauty in your life went unnoticed.
  • Running has something to offer everyone: Barefoot running, chi running, running solo, running with a group, 5k races, mud runs, marathons, treadmills running, running fast and running slow… whoever you are, whatever your pace, you’ll fit in somewhere!

Life is like running a race |

  • Do more than you ever thought you could once (ie: finish a marathon or set a PR) and you’ll never be able to settle for less.
  • Sometimes it takes an injury to give you a new perspective and to help you realize how much you actually love running.
  • Sometimes lacing up your sneakers and getting out there is the hardest part.
  • When you go out for a run, you can leave your problems behind. When you return from your run, you can face your problems with more strength and clarity.
  • Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. I Corinthians 9:24
  • Life is like running a race | TwoTri.comIn life, and running, there will be people who cheer you on and people who think you’re insane. You have the ability to turn up the volume of the cheers and turn down the volume of the criticism.
  • On any given day, you can’t predict the weather: rain, sun, heat, cold, snow or wind. What you can predict is that you will RUN.
  • Some days you’ll run with the wind at your back, other days you’ll struggle running into a headwind. But remember, it’s the headwind that makes you stronger.
  • Change is uncomfortable. When you push yourself past comfortable, you’ll grow and change and come out stronger on the other end.
  • It’s ok to slow down and walk. Give yourself some grace, decide that you’re going to be ok with it and then, when you’re ready, keep running. Life is like running a race |
  • During your race, you may feel like you want to quit. But if you learn todefeat your inner “quitter” then you’ll know how to not quit in life when thingsget hard.
  • It’s harder to run, and move forward in life when you’re carrying unnecessary baggage.
  • When you are discouraged and feel slow, remember the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race.
  • When you feel like you just can’t go on, a snack helps.
  •  Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! Hebrews 12:1 MSG
  • It is only when you try and push your limits that you see how far you can actually go (or how far you can run!)


What life lessons have you learned from your triathlon training?

Finish the sentence with your own life lesson. Life is like running a race… ________________.




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Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →