Lessons From Marathon Day

Cartoon of a jogging coupleThe marathon is over. I completed the goal, which was to finish. The weather was cool until about two hours into the race. The sun began affecting all of us. For a time, I wondered if I was going to make it. My hamstring started bothering me around mile seventeen. Around mile twenty-three, I had to stop and a nice security guard helped me stretch it out. After that, I walked most of the way until I was within sight of the finish line.

There are a few lessons I’ve learned from this race:

  • No matter how well prepared you are, there will be something unexpected that will make you adjust your plans.
  • Finishing is an accomplishment. Limping over the finish line is always better than giving up
  • In the messy middle is where we grow the most and requires the most of us
    • The start is exciting
    • The finish is satisfying
    • But the messy middle is where most of us give up

I am glad I did it. And I may do it again. But for today, I’ll rest and get ready for an easy practice next week.

Author: Kevin Spear

I am a marketing professional with a design flair, based in Clayton, Ohio. I specialize in digital and content marketing that increases brand awareness for small businesses and nonprofits.

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