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Marathon – Lessons for Life

August 1, 2011

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training Just finished the book   “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women“.   That pretty much describes  me – I “WANT” to run a marathon, but I’m just not really a runner.   It’s fun – going places, seeing things you can’t see from cars.   On my “Bucket List” is to do the Tahoe 100MILE , but I don’t think my body was made for running.  Author Dawn Dais includes great information & resources in a witty, funny, laugh-out-loud kinda way.  I could totally relate to her story, and looking forward to my own.

A couple of take-aways from this book: 

JOURNAL!  page 229:    “As you train for a marathon, you are taking on major physical and mental challenges. Use these pages, or post your thoughts on a blog, to describe how you’re overcoming those challenges, even if your efforts consist mostly of cussing and ice.”   Dawn gives many ideas of exactly WHAT to Journal throughout the book:  your diet, your emotions, your limits, your before/after, your “reasons & counter-reasons for doing this”.

  • MINDSET.   Page 104:  “Once you shift your attitude you’ll also notice a shift in what you can do, simply because you now believe you can…  The Wall you might see as an impossible barrier, may eventually turn out to be just speed bumps along the way”.   Consider  “The Four Minute Mile”   Once considered humanly impossible, has now been accomplished by over 900 people.
  • Small Rewards, along the way.  Page 123:  “After you finish a long run, and before you look at your training calendar to see what mileage lies ahead, take a moment to bask in the glory of getting one step closer to your overall goal (That goal being… not dying while training for marathon). Realize that each run is a goal in itself, so in essence you cross a goal off your list every time you kick off your sweaty running shoes.  Take a moment after each run to cool down and acknowledge what your body has accomplished.”
  • oprah-winfrey.jpgOprah.  Oprah was a huge inspiration to Dawn, from journaling and mindset to a 4:30 pace.  “I simply cannot get my butt kicked by Oprah in a marathon.”    CRNs Anne wrote about Oprah’s influence on marathoners here. Whatever you think about Oprah, you have to hand it to her – she followed through on her program, met her goal and inspired a generation to get off the couch. 4:29:20 (Celebrities who Ran Marathons)


Whatever you’re doing, whether running a marathon, making sales calls, losing weight, studying the Bible, or anything else,  Acknowledge what you’ve done along the way… and this will help make your future goals that much more “accomplishable”.


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  1. August 1, 2011 6:12 pm

    Awesome post – I was there for a number of those “laugh out loud” moments, and got to hear some of the more amusing anecdotes from the book. Good stuff, and this is a great reminder to us to celebrate the gifts God has given us on a daily basis. Thanks, beautiful lady!

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