Lessons for women in business

5 Business Lessons From Running a Half Marathon

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen my journey the last three months training for my half marathon that took place on February 8th in San Diego.

I would never have imagined just six months ago that I would be training to run 13.1 miles, as I have never been a runner. I don’t think I could even recall a time that I have run over 3 miles in my entire life!

The reason I decided to set a goal of running a half marathon is because I knew that the lessons I would learn during this experience would transform my skill set and make me a stronger person and CEO.

When you commit to doing things outside of your comfort zone and actually accomplish them, it’s life changing. Here are the top 5 things I learned from running a half marathon:

1. Be 100% committed & clear about your goals

The first step to achieving anything is to be super-duper clear about your goal. Don’t over complicate it! For the race, my goals were to 1) just do it and 2) finish the race strong. During all of my training, I had to constantly check in and remind myself of my goals in order to stay on track.

In business, there will ALWAYS be roadblocks and challenges that come up to try to throw you off. The key is sticking to your goal even when problems arise.

What if we set business goals as if we were signed up for a race date that we had no control over? Think of how many times you have been flexible in pushing out that launch date or procrastinating on booking that speaking engagement.

What the race taught me is that without solid goals and commitment, my business is not going to grow as fast or as strong as I want it to.

2. Let go of control

A lot of us get into business because we want control; control over our own schedule and freedom, control over what we do and when. As business owners, we HAVE to learn how to let go of control as we just can’t and shouldn’t do it all.

I was tested in two different areas concerning control while training. The first was the training schedule. I hired an endurance coach (successful people always invest in being mentored and coached by someone who has already achieved what they want) and she gave me a very clear and strict training schedule. At first, I still did my own thing, as it was easier and more convenient.

I quickly realized that if I didn’t give up control and just follow the plan, despite whether it was convenient or not, I wouldn’t get the results I was looking for. How many times do we cut corners and do things our own way because we are too stubborn to let go of control?

My second issue was not having control over experiencing an injury along the way. I had no way of knowing that just a few weeks in I would have developed shin splints. Running got so painful that I had to seek treatment.

We will always have things happen that we have no control over. What you CAN control is how you problem-solve these situations.

I was proactive and sought out a specialist. I invested in new high-quality running shoes and I religiously stretch and foam rolled my injured area. All of this helped tremendously.

3. Embrace sacrifices

To get results you’ve never had, you have to do things you’ve never done. This includes being consciously aware of and OK with making sacrifices. During the three months of training, I sacrificed social times with friends, and even sometimes sleep, so I could wake up early and get my training in.

I declined travel opportunities as I had to be aware of not putting myself in a situation where I would be too exhausted to train. I also only drank alcohol on special occasions to keep my immune system and energy up.

When you think about the big picture, it was easier to not feel like I was “missing out”. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of social opportunities and experiences without thinking about how these activities affect our long-term goals for how we want to live our lives.

4. Not going at it alone

This is a huge piece. I can tell you that I would have not completed a half marathon if it wasn’t for my endurance coach and teammates. When I decided to train for a half marathon, I enrolled in a group endurance program. I knew this would provide me accountability, support and motivation. It did just that!

Experiencing this with a group of other entrepreneurs made it so much more fun!

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5. Make going outside of your comfort zone a regular practice

As entrepreneurs, we have to strive to get outside of our comfort zones to continue to up-level our businesses and lives.

Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered or done before, you will never grow. When you move past your comfort zone, know that it turns on intuition, which in turn gives you a new perspective and the ability to conquer your fears.

I can now say I LOVE getting out of my comfort zone, as I know I can never fail. Failures are just little lessons on the path to success.

I encourage you to do something this month, this week or heck…TODAY that is outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps that means signing up for a race or just sending that email to someone to grow your business.

Whatever it is, commit to it and commit to it like crazy!

Tell me in the comments below what you are going to commit to. I want to hear from you!


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