Tuesday, June 21, 2011


It was nearly 10 years ago that I ran my first marathon... 25 marathons later, I feel like I have learned a lifetime of lessons. So, in lew of my recent birthday and being that I have entered a new decade.. I wanted to share the top 10 things (not in any particular order) that I have learned over these past years.

1. Less is MORE. When I was a young runner I was a little okay, a lot obsessive compulsive about my running. I loved running so much that I thought I knew better than the experts and added 2 miles to each training run... *sigh* Needless to say I did not make it to the starting line of the race I was training for. Three years and three stress fractures taught me I need to listen to my body, relax, and take it a bit easier. I have learned that in training for a marathon LESS is definitely MORE. Four running days a week is perfect for me!

2. I have learned that running is not the only thing that defines me as a person... I have just in the last couple of years realized this little gem, and it is actually quite a liberating feeling.

3. We have a saying in our house, "Can't walks on won't street." I have learned that you CAN keep going long after you think you can't.

4. Being a Mom is HARD. I am so grateful to have two fabulous kidlets who bring out the best/worst in me and teach me how to be a better person.

5. Pursue your goals and never give up!

6. Believing is everything! Believe in yourself. Believe in your goals. Running is 98% mental! If you believe you can, YOU WILL ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS! It really is that simple!

7. Don't take anything for granted. Especially your abilities, your family and your friends. Always be  grateful. Let the people you care about know that they are important in your life.

8. Maintain a strong sense of humor.

9. Be flexible. I am a creature of habit and change is very hard for me. Being flexible with a training schedule or in life for that matter, is a great asset to have. If you miss a run, it isn't the end of the world. Sometimes you just have to make adjustments.

10.  Anything worth having/achieving/keeping is going to take lots of hard work and effort. Finding the joy in the journey is key!


The Green Girl said...

Oh, Stacey, I loved this! Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom with us.

Erick "The Husband" said...

Great Post!
You really have grown! That's coming from someone that knows you very well!

I loved the post and loved learning more about you and about your journey. I'm so happy that I was there for the ride!

I love you and look forward to the next 25 whatevers!
The greatest lesson I learned about you is that you are amazing and that you can do everything and anything!
Your Man

Kimball's Empty Nest said...

Very nice post Stacey!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I love this post.

I too feel like running 4 days a week is plenty. I don't know how those folkes who run 6 days a week get through each week with out injury or serious exhaustion.

Anton said...

Great post

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

very nice! i like how Erik "the husband" is there for every step.

The Underwear Body said...

I really enjoyed that. Looks like your journey is a good teacher.


Tom said...

Great Advice