The other day I was traveling and was thinking about everything I have learned over the last 14 years and decided to start writing down some of the most important lessons I have learned. So here are the highlights of my list; I’d love to see what you guys have learned as well. Every day I continue to learn and to grow. I hope this list helps make my ceiling someone else’s floor:
1. That “you only get out of it what you put into it” is only true to a certain extent.
2. That Jesus is the prize.
3. That the way to live out my dreams is to focus more on the dream giver than the dream.
4. That my failures are essential to my success. If I want to double my success then I have to double my rate of failure. Don’t take failures personally.
5. Rest is the secret. Only those who are truly confident are able to rest the optimal amount. Err on the side of resting too much.
6. Wearing a pair of running shoes through to the sole is not a badge of honor; it’s a injury waiting to happen.
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7. Most of the time, formulas don’t work.
8. What worked for me in training at one point in my career will not always work. I am dynamic so I can’t just repeat the same workouts and expect the same results.
9. Oakley sunglasses aren’t just for looks; they actually help you run faster.
10. I have nothing to prove. My worth as a person is not tied to my race results. I am special because God created me that way.
11. Listen to God; He wants to be a part of the process.
12. The best way to run fast is to be completely you on the race course. Don’t worry what everyone is doing around you, just be completely you.
13. Muscle Milk in pancakes is amazing.
14. Not all injuries get better with time off.
15. Eat as close to how God made it as possible…and eat more sweet potatoes.
16. Everyone is an experiment of one so I can’t just copy what someone else has done. However, I can always learn principles from others.
Running is a mix of art and science. But mostly art.