Thought Catalog

17 Things Running Teaches You About Life

  • 0

1. To be good at anything, you have to put in the time and effort no matter how talented you are.

2. Your abilities and someone else’s abilities are not the same. Do the best that YOU can do.

3. If winning is your objective, realize that you have to work 10 times harder than the next best person.

4. No matter how hard you work and how prepared you are, disappointments will happen.

5. The most gratifying experiences usually come as a result of enduring the most painful trials.

6. To be great at anything, you have to risk failing terribly at it.

7. A lot of people endure the same pains that you do.

8. If you focus on putting one foot in front of the other, you will eventually reach the finish line.

9. You cannot reach the finish line unless you start.

10. The mind is a very powerful thing. If you can train your mind to keep going even when your body wants to quit, you can achieve some incredible things.

11. Learning the difference between physically being unable to continue and giving up.

12. Accepting that every day is different — some days 5 miles is really easy, other days it feels like a cruel punishment.

13. Pace yourself.

14. You cannot give 100%, 100% of the time.

15. Sometimes you need a day off, a day off from everything.

16. The worst time, the slowest pace, the last person to finish the race is still better off than the person who refused to try.

17. Even if you fall, even if you cannot finish today, you can and should pick yourself up and try again tomorrow. TC mark

Read This

More from Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog Videos


    • http://www.itmakesmestronger.com/2013/04/17-things-running-teaches-you-about-life/ Only L<3Ve @ ItMakesMeStronger.com

      […] Thought Catalog » Life […]

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on Abditive.

    • http://missmialynn07.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/17-things-running-teaches-you-about-life/ 17 Things Running Teaches You About Life | *The Wonder Keeping the Stars Apart*

      […] to Connie for sharing this article from Thought Catalog this morning. Looking through these lessons, I can say that I have definitely experienced and […]

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on .

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on BenJessieAndPugs and commented:
      I love this list, it’s so motivating and reassuring :)

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on Forty Two.

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on Off the Cube.

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on La Dolce Vita and commented:
      Just as I was reading this article, I heard the news about the recent bomb attack at Boston Marathon, it taught me how crazy people can be today. Can never imagine my limbs getting blown away right after a marathon. Wtf is wrong w people. #prayforboston

    • http://lalalab.nl/2013/04/16/test/ Een blog over songwriting | LalaLab

      […] ondertussen kwam ik erachter dat het schrijven van liedjes verdacht veel lijkt op […]

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on Singular Geek and commented:
      Yesterday’s events got me thinking about running.

    • Thought Catalog

      Reblogged this on With Love, From Kingston.

    • http://brianhsi.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/running-thoughts/ Running thoughts | pieces of me…running
    • http://ashleytevatia.com/daily-brief/daily-brief-3-17-13/ Technology, Marketing, and Lifestyle Daily Brief 4.16.13 - ramblings

      […] 3. 17 things running teaches you about life. [Thought Catalog] […]

    • http://butnottoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/304/ But Not Today

      […] pasted the article below, but you can view it and numerous other “thoughts” on their site. I’ve definitely learned a  few of these over […]

    • http://simplyaginggracefully.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/into-the-weekend/ Into the Weekend | DM in Writing

      […] I’m running a race tomorrow…I’m trying to anyway, found huge inspiration on running […]

    • http://boyslumber.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/what-i-liked-april-20/ WHAT I LIKED – April 20 | A DEVOTED LIFE

      […] Running is about more than the run.  There is so much that running can teach us about life.   17 Things Running Teaches You About Life […]

    • http://adidasgirl.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/69/ Meow
    • http://melbournemaharani.com/2013/04/04/weekend-reading-38-2/ Weekend Reading #38 | Melbourne MaharaniMelbourne Maharani

      […] is more than just a way to get fit and exercise. It’s literally a METAPHOR for life. Here’s 17 things running teaches you about life. I love very single one of […]

    • http://melbournemaharani.com/2013/05/03/weekend-reading-38-2/ Weekend Reading #39 | Melbourne MaharaniMelbourne Maharani

      […] is more than just a way to get fit and exercise. It’s literally a METAPHOR for life. Here’s 17 things running teaches you about life. I love very single one of […]

    • http://fitnessandthecity.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/17-things-running-teaches-you-about-life/ 17 things running teaches you about life | Fitness & the City

      […] wanted to share this article I found on thoughtcatalog.com. One of the many things I love about running is how much it teaches you about life in […]

    • http://stephanieyansun.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/17-things-running-teaches-you-about-life-thought-catalog/ 17 Things Running Teaches You About Life | Thought Catalog | stephanieyansun

      […] 17 Things Running Teaches You About Life | Thought Catalog. […]

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/how-to-stop-procrastinating-by-using-the-2-minute-rule/ How To Stop Procrastinating By Using The “2-Minute Rule” | Thought Catalog

      […] to run three times a week? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, just get your running shoes on and get […]

    • http://karolynhcanrun.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/inspiration-for-the-weekend-9/ Inspiration: For the Weekend | Karolynh Can Run

      […] by: RaceGrader on May, 17 2013 Found on ThoughtCatelog and written by Kovie Biakolo 1. To be good at anything, you have to put in the time and effort no […]

    • http://charitylifeblog.com/2013/11/11/burnout-prevention-101/ Burnout Prevention 101 | Charity Life

      […] pavement takes away a lot of stress; with even just 5km I am feeling like a new person.  Check out this article about Things Running Teaches About Real Life. I also highly recommend fitness and yoga classes.  They are an hour but are intense and therefore […]

    • http://stopsmelltherose.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/monday-reminders-623/ Monday Reminders: 6/23 | Stop & Smell the Rosé

      […] You cannot reach the finish line unless you start running. […]

    blog comments powered by Disqus