{Guest Post} 7 lessons learned after running half marathon.

Regular readers of The Myrabev Life know that my sister and I run the Oxford Half Marathon recently. We have both learnt a lot about our capabilities, I for one know how much my body is capable of. I did not train for this half marathon like my sister did and I am not much of a runner. But I did went ahead and participated and have been amazed at what I can do. Now I am imagining how much better it would have been had I prepared for it both physically and mentally.

I am not the only one reflecting on the lessons learned after running a half marathon. Lucy {young sister} has also learnt some lessons and she is sharing those 7 lessons learned.

7 lessons learned

7 lessons learned after running half marathon.

Now this may just be because I’ve recently turned 25 and I’m starting to get to grips with what life is about. But I realised that the older I get the more the pieces start to slot in and align. Here are the 7 lessons learned after running a half marathon or maybe I knew them all along.

Lesson 1: Everyone is doing their own thing. This can be distracting at times because you look across and people around you seem so happy and content with their lives. Before you know it, you’re comparing your life to theirs which is not good. They seem to have everything figured out” and that is ok, their journey is different to mine and vise versa. I am happy and content with who I am. The things that I am doing are for me and can only work in my favour. So I guess I have received or learnt acceptance in and of life.

Lesson 2: Be prepared to work hard for what you want. For a ages I always wanted a nice toned body, to feel better and stronger . I changed my diet which inevitably changed my mindset, I am now healthier and happy with myself. Here I feel I learnt the power of Determination and what it can get you in life.

Lesson 3: Commitment

This I learnt early on that I have to be fully committed, I can’t do half the work and expect to just get it. It has to be 100% or nothing, this lesson has never been more apparent than now. Whenever I go running, sometimes the intention is just to get “round the corner” but I surprise myself. I keep going and even though the first 1-4 miles feel so uncomfortable and ready to turnaround. But I preserve and make a conscious effort to continue, I keep going because I am committed to my goal. It’s so easy to just give up and go binge on Netflix at home where it is warm, but if you want results you have to commit.

Lesson 4: Fear.  Defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.” Everyone has something that they are scared of even when we pretend we are not. I realised it is ok to have fear, we have to learn to accept that there still things that scare us. This is ok, it is normal and for me I’m ready for the winter in my life. There are so many  things that are yet to be taught and I am ok with that. There is still so much that I need to learn.

Lesson 5: Support

I am my own greatest supporter, yes support from friends, family, boyfriends and work mates is great. BUT if I don’t support myself, how can I expect someone to support me? It has to start with me putting in the time and showing people I deserve their support.

Lesson 6: Strength. I have so much strength within more than I realise before. This only comes out when you’re put to the test. But I shouldn’t wait or rely on those “test” to feel strong. I need to know and believe that I am strong enough and that’s how I claimed my strength.

Lesson 7: Growth. Like fear I am still learning even though at age 25 I thought I should have learnt and experienced everything. BUT it is only the beginning, there is so much more that I need to able to accept growth. By asking I realise that there is a gap, which only growth can fill over time.

These lessons just haven’t come over night, or by reading an article. They’re a result of constant reflection and willingness to learn and be taught. Once you accept that there is just things that you simply don’t know. You’re half way there. Everyone is doing their own thing and there is nothing wrong with your journey.

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