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10 lessons to learn from running

10 lessons to learn from running

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    Running is in fashion. Just look around, and you’ll realize streets are crowded by people passing by you in those shiny wet clothes, smiling and drinking something too sweet to be healthy…

    I have to confess that I am a runner, and a proud one, and running has taught me some useful lessons, not just to have better runs, but also to have a better life. So maybe you are a runner or maybe not, but in any case there are many useful lessons that can be learnt from this mass sport, in order to live a better life. Here you are 10 of them:

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    1. You don’t need anything to start running

    Well, maybe sport shoes; it doesn’t look comfortable at all to run on stiletto heels… But if you actually want to run, ok, just do it.

    As an entrepreneur, sometimes I’ve been wandering about the potential success of a business plan. And the only real way to proof it will be successful is to start it. So go outside and run; it’s easier and cheaper than you think!

    2. The good news comes at the end

    During a long run, let’s say, 10K or more, some people start at a very fast pace, just to discover any sign of strength is out of their body by the mid-race. So start quietly, focus on the end, on the final reward – refreshments, your family greeting, or whatever makes you feel good. And keep going. At the end of the day, do you want to go fast, or do you prefer reaching far destinations?

    3. Listen to your body

    You think you can cope with everything, don’t you? Business, family, friends, social life… and after a while, your body starts complaining and you feel back pain, or maybe some headaches now and then. Runners listen to their body, and slow down if necessary. Your body speaks –sometimes very loud- so listen to it before it is too late.

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    4. Talk to your body

    Have you ever asked your hips to help you in a race, once you notice your legs are tired? This is one of the greatest lessons you can learn from running: your body listens to you. Once you tell it why you are running and what you are running for, maybe it will accept some extra workload. It is just a dialog between you and your body, in which every part becomes aware of other’s needs and wishes. Maybe then you will realize your body is more skilled than what you think, and it is able to reach what looked like unreachable.

    Have you ever asked someone for a little help at work? Most of the times, it works!

    5. Enjoy your accomplishments

    Running, and life in general, is too demanding itself, so we’d better don’t add extra demands. Did you run one mile? Very good! Enjoy it, and then go for the next one.

    Runners that only look at how many miles away is the finish line, will hardly reach it. So celebrate, and keep going.

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    6. Keep away from addictions

    I’m not talking about substances, either legal or not, but the addiction to run. Runners feel good while running, so they could be tempted to run more and more. But life is something else. For example, not running.
    Are you a runaholic? (Or a workaholic, or a partyholic) take a deep breath and relax. Just in case.

    7. You can enjoy on your own and in a group

    Running can be played alone. It is only you and the path. It is one of the best moments to be aware of your best self, celebrating life. My best ideas pop while running alone, since my mind is free to ramble and explore new ways.
    And running can also be played in group. This is a very good opportunity to adapt your performance to others’, to ask for help if needed and, of course, to bring some words of encouragement to the most tired runners. While running with others, I have discovered I can enjoy the run at more than 11 minutes per mile, and at less than seven. Groups helped me discover I can change and keep enjoying.

    8. The challenge is not against anything

    You don’t need to beat the time. You don’t need to beat your friend. It is not against the world. Running is just the opposite: you take your skills, put them into practice, and results come alone. Want to run? Then enjoy it. Make yours the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger) and drive your run. Celebrate your accomplishments and do not forget to celebrate your eventual underperformance, because it is a sign that you are a real human being, not just a running machine.

    9. Setting goals improves performance

    Sometimes it is good to “just run”, but setting clear goals helps you track your performance and, thus, celebrate your achievements. Take into account that a goal must be SMART enough (that is, Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bounded) in order to be effective. “To finish a Marathon after a sixteen-week plan” could be a goal, while “To be the best runner” is not. At all.
    And, of course, do not forget to make your goals public, so that everyone around can support you. Please, do avoid

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    functionality comes first

      pessimistic people.

      10. Image comes after functionality

       Whether you are a fashion victim or not, function comes first for running items. Do you need a new pair of running shoes? Try at least ten pairs, and choose the most comfortable ones. Then, if you like, ask for color possibilities.
      A race is not a parade –though sometimes it may look like- and you should be aware even a pretty shirt could make you suffer during a run, so remember what you are asking for when going to the mall. Of course I am not saying image is not important. I love when my wife says “you are looking good in these pants!” but purpose is more important than that. As in real life.

      I hope some of these 10 lessons help you have better runs, and a better life. Do you have some more lessons to be learned? Would you like to share them? I look forward reading them!

      Featured photo credit: Marathon Style / Michael Villanueva via farm3.staticflickr.com

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      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

      1. Understand Yourself Better

      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

      3. Become Aware of What Matters

      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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      4. Boost Creativity

      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

      6. Process Life Experiences

      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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      7. Stress Relief

      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

      8. Provide Direction

      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

      9. Solve Problems

      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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      10. Find Relief From Fighting

      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

      11. Find Meaning in Life

      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

      14. Let the Past Go

      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

      15. Allow Freedom

      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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      16. Enhance Your Career

      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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