3 Lessons I Learned from ENDURrun

cathyrunsThose who know me know that I have a passion for running,learning and sharing my life lessons with others. For the last month since the EndurRunrace, I’ve been bursting to share my race experience with my friends so here it is….

From August 8-16, 2010, I successfully completed an 8 day, 7 stage, 160 km race. Next to childbearing, ENDURrun was by far the most challenging, rewarding and powerful experience that I’ve ever encountered. It has changed the way I see life and has changed the way I train my clients. As a trainer that specializes in weight release (weight loss), it has taught me how to push people beyond their limits and to expect more from myself and them.

I could probably write about the race for hours , so let me summarize with 3 brief points:

Lesson 1- Dream Big:
The longest I’ve even run in my life was a marathon (40KM)a few years ago. So who was I to think that I could run 160 KM? Just the thought of it was over-whelming which is why its feels so much better having gone through the experience. Why settle for dwarfed, puny goals when you can go for the gusto!Yes, I was petrified ( as was all the other newbie’s) but I refused to let it stop me and either should you. What’s that big goal that you’ve been dreaming to accomplish? Put pen to paper and get working on it today! If I can do it, you surely can too.

Lesson 2- Be Consistent:
My training program started on January 1, 2010. I trained 6 days a week and twice on a couple of days. For the most part, I stuck with the program. However, were many days when I would have preferred to remain under the warm, cozy blankets than run. There were many days when I’d rather have a McDonald’s burger and milkshake ( yes, I like McDonald’s too)than my balanced healthy meal. It took me a while to get it but I finally understood there are some things in life that you can’t cram for. Each training session prepared me for the next one. Each session was a small victory in itself while motivated me to go on another day. In most cases in life, success will come one step at a time. There are no quick solutions for anything worthwhile.

Lesson 3- Get Support/Accountability
I could not have accomplished this goal without a lot of support. Although I can be highly motivated, I know myself enough to know that if I did not put some running partners in place each week that my chances of success would be slim. My team consisted of people who trained with me; people who prayed with me and for me; and a few therapists who helped to take care of my aches and pains that were part of the process. I understand that success at anything does not happen in isolation. It takes a loving team of individuals who will support you from beginning to end. Thank you team!Who’s on your team?

I’ll share some more lessons with you next week…



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