lessons from my marathon

Lls As I write this post, I am in training for the Walt Disney World marathon in January 2009. I have always wanted to run a marathon and decided to run this with Team in Training which raises money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)

I have good days and bad days.  Strong weeks and wavering weeks but the thing that keeps me going is staying focused on all of those who battle cancer everyday.  Not just the survivors, but also the families.

I am "one of the families".

In 2004 I lost my oldest brother to lung cancer and since that time I have had way to many friends, friends of friends and colleagues face a similar battle be it lung, breast or a blood cancer.

It occurred to me as I have engaged in this journey that there are many inspirational moments, ideas and lessons that I am reminded of in my marathon quest that I want to pass on to my readers because they not only apply to me and my journey, they apply to life, to career, to beginning a business……well, to anything….

So, from time to time, I'll post my lessons in the hope that it connects and inspires you from a different perspective – a former non-running almost-coach-potato turned endurance runner who just decided to find another way to give back and make a small difference on a huge societal health issue.

LESSON 1 – Whenever you go about accomplishing a big vision, things always seem intimidating at the start.

Whether it's running 26.2 miles, writing a book, finding a new job or starting a company, you most likely will come face to face with some level of fear, overwhelm or lack of confidence.  It's OK.  I recently ran 13 miles and still I worry about my ability to gracefully cover that remaining 13!  It isn't about whether you have fear or get intimidated.  It's about your ability to get on your feet and "just do it" despite the rumblings in your stomach….

I guarantee you that as long as you put one foot in front of the other and just get it done, at some point you'll look back and can't believe how far you've come.

Nike got it right – JUST DO IT!

You were born to be great!

YES, you can!

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