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Stray Puppy Joined A Marathon Race That Humans Found Challenging, And Found Her Pal For Life

Stray Puppy Joined A Marathon Race That Humans Found Challenging, And Found Her Pal For Life

Sometimes in life we need a little support, but when extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard headed to the Gobi desert for his next big challenge, he got his support from an unexpected friend.

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    An Unexpected Running Partner

    It was during the 6-day gruelling race, around 20 miles in from the start, that Dion noticed a new competitor by his side – a small homeless dog. Much to his surprise, the canine runner stayed by his side for 22 miles until the finish line.

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    But it doesn’t stop there – at the start line on day 2, up trotted the pup ready for the day’s 23-mile slog through the desert which she did happily by Dion’s side.

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      Loyal From Start To Finish

      It was clear a special partnership had been formed – and not only through the tough terrain. After crossing the finish line, the friendly mutt wouldn’t part ways with the marathon runner from Scotland, opting to stay by his side while bedding down for camp, both keeping each other company until the next day’s racing. The pair were officially inseparable. It was at this point that Dion decided to name his new furry friend, and what a more fitting name than Gobi.

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        Exhausted But Still Supportive

        Was the little pooch ready to give up? Absolutely not. Day 3 saw her, again, supporting her new human friend through the 26-mile marathon and completing the race right by his side.

        “For a little dog Gobi certainly has a big heart and some pace to match,” said Dion.

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          Time For A Rest, But Still As Supportive As Ever

          The next two days were too hot for Gobi to run and while Dion missed her, Gobi was taken to both finish lines to greet him with open paws (and a lick).

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            Big Achievements For A Little Dog And Her New Human

            On day 6, Gobi was back in action and ran the last leg of the strenuous event with Dion both crossing the finish line together and receiving their well-deserved medals.

            And of course it doesn’t end there. Dion knows a good thing when he sees it – he was so touched by Gobi’s support and loyalty that he decided to go through the lengthy and expensive process of adopting her and bringing her home to Scotland as his faithful pet.

            With hundreds of donations pouring in to make sure this becomes a reality for the new best friends, the two runners will soon reunite and no doubt look forward to many runs in their new life together.

            Featured photo credit: 4deserts.com via 4deserts.com

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            10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

            10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

            The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

            In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

            Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

            1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

            What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

            Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

            2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

            Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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            How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

            Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

            Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

            3. Get comfortable with discomfort

            One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

            Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

            4. See failure as a teacher

            Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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            Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

            Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

            10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

            5. Take baby steps

            Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

            Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

            Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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            The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

            6. Hang out with risk takers

            There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

            Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

            7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

            Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

            Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

            8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

            What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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            9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

            Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

            If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

            10. Focus on the fun

            Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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