5 Life Lessons I Have Learned from Running
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5 Life Lessons I Have Learned from Running

Running has taught me more than fitness

5 Life Lessons I Have Learned from Running
  1. Sometimes failures are as valuable as victories
    1. In racing you are going to have a mix of good and bad races. When those bad races happen though, it is not time to go into depression and give up on yourself. Failures give you a chance to think through how you did and figure out what you did wrong so that your best race can be your greatest victory yet. When you win or reach a goal you are just filled with excitement and that is all you really think about. When you lose, your mind goes on overdrive physico analyzing every decision you made. When you lose, you gain wisdom for your next race.
  2. Celebrate small victories
    1. In sports or in life you probably have big goals such as a state title or a certain career. There are many steps to get to those big goals though, and it is important to recognize that and be proud when you achieve those various steps. Small personal bests or good grades or test scores should be celebrated so you can stay proud of yourself and recognize your progress towards your ultimate goals.
  3. Your clothes matter
    1. Clothing has always been seen as a thing of vanity, but I find it has certain benefits. Wearing the right clothes can make you happy and give you the confidence you need to do well. There is a saying “you look good, you feel good.” I find this is true because when I wear a good outfit I feel excited and powerful and ready to go.
  4. Everything in life is a team sport
    1. As a runner on a cross country and track team I run for both myself and my team. On the line before a race, typically the most important thing to me is my individual time. On the other hand, your team is always there putting in the laps on the track or the other work with you so you owe it to your team to do well. You can also use your team as a support system, so you can always know there are people behind you and constantly looking out for you. It is a great feeling to know no matter what you are doing whether it’s sports or school, you have a team of teammates or peers that’s right there.
  5. Sleep is everyone’s hero
    1. In running you have to work hard for miles at a time. That effort requires a great amount of energy. You can eat like a rabbit and stretch for hours, but if you do not get enough sleep you will always find yourself tired and lacking energy. Just try and make sleep a priority and you will find it really helps you get energy and focus for your whole day.
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