CMR 39: 13 Life Lessons From Running My 1st Half-Marathon

AND The Secret Of How I Did It In Less Than 5 Weeks Of Training…

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Have you faced a tough situation before where you asked yourself “what lesson am I supposed to learn from this?”

I know in my life, there have been more than 100 times where I asked that question.

My mother taught me early on to look at the difficult moments that life brings us as learning opportunities.

So when I set my New Years Resolution this year to run a Marathon before I turned 30 years old, I knew it would be a challenge that would require lots of lessons to be learned.

However; the lessons that came were unexpected, yet just what I needed.

As I would push myself from milestone to milestone, I would get a thought that impacted me.

I realized how much of my limitations were mental.

It wasn’t my body that would prevent me from running a marathon, but rather my mind…


Prior to Running…

My entire life I thought that I wouldn’t be able to run long distances due to my asthma, bad knees, and never being able to run further than a mile.

Just like every new activity we try, we suck, we’re newbies.

In order to gauge where I was, I decided to put aside my beliefs and see how far I could run without stopping.

I downloaded a running app (Nike Run Club app) that would track my distance and speed so I could start measuring my results.

Measuring results is the quickest way to improvement.


“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates” (see Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1970, 107).


That first night I came home from running, I was confused and excited…

I had just ran 4.72 mi at a 13’05″/mi pace. Not the fastest or furtherest, but I now had an idea of what “my best” was.

I also learned very quickly how my body would feel after pushing myself to my limit.

My knees felt like they were turned inside-out like a flamingo’s knees, making it near impossible to walk up the stairs of our apartment building.

Four days later I ran again, this time I broke the 5 mi mark, which suddenly changed the way I viewed my goals.

I had just crossed the 5 mile mark, and while the first time was close at 4.72 mi… it just wasn’t 5 mi.

On my flamingo walk home, which was more like a waddle, from that second run, I was smiling from ear to ear knowing I had broken a major false belief which had limited my potential for too many years.


What happened over the next 4 weeks changed my life forever…


I’ve written down dozens of my thoughts, but I’ve compiled the top lessons to match each mile of a half-marathon (13.1 miles).


Listen to the full episode to see what lessons have changed my life; These lessons may apply to you too, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.


Trimara Half Marathon at Prospect Park in Brooklyn New York | Feb 3rd, 2019


The 13 Life Lessons:

  1. Following the basic [techniques] to eliminate unnecessary pains.
  2. Whenever it starts to hurt, remember lesson number one.
  3. Keep your head in front of your feet. (Think before doing, but don’t stop doing; ex: running).
  4. Know where your finish line is, select the milestones along the way, then keep your eyes on the path.
  5. Celebrate every milestone, positive self-talk is not only acceptable, but it’s also the secret of hitting your goals.
  6. Pain is part of the experience… get used to it… in fact, prove your “why” when the pain becomes unbearable, focus on it to distract yourself from the pain, and use it as fuel to keep going.
  7. Don’t stop until you cross your finish line, no matter how slow you go between milestones, every step forward, no matter how big or small, fast or slow, is a step forward.
  8. Don’t compare yourself to others on the path, some go faster, and others go slower, you never know their finish line, and you don’t know where they started either… but most of all, they don’t know the journey you are on.
  9. Recovery is important, even if you don’t want to do it, you need to do what’s necessary to get back out there.
  10. Your brain is a muscle that controls the rest of your muscles. Feed it with nutrients, not only healthy food, but also new information to expand your knowledge.
  11. Commitment happens one decision at a time. It’s ok if you don’t know every turn, bump, and crack turn in the path, just start and see what’s around each corner as you keep going.
  12. Hate the mental pain of giving up more than you like the satisfaction of achieving a goal.
  13. Be sure you can go the distance before you apply too much speed and become burned out.








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