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Ways Running And Life Are Similar

Hello friends! I hope you are checking in with a full heart (and belly) after Valentine’s Day yesterday. Alex and I kept it low key by staying home and watching Cool Runnings. Yes it is the 1993 Disney movie about the Jamaican bobsled team at the Calgary Olympics. I spent half the night singing the little song one of the characters sings to try and raise money. It was definitely not annoying at all to Alex 😉

This past Saturday, I had an 8 mile run. Real talk right now it sucked. From the very first step to the very last, it sucked. It was so bad I stopped with less than 1.5 miles to go because I thought I would throw up (I didn’t thankfully). The entire time, I was thinking about how one bad run doesn’t mean I’m a bad runner. Which spiraled into ways running and life are similar since one bad day doesn’t mean I have a bad life. I figured I would share with you guys the ways I find running and life to be similar. Let me know how you find running (or whatever is you exercise of choice!) to be similar to life in the comments.

You have good days and bad days.

Not every day is going to be an amazing day just like not every run is going to be amazing. That’s okay! There are bad days involved with everything. Maybe you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and have an off day. Sometimes a run doesn’t go the way you want to and it’s okay. We’re allowed to feel crappy when this happens but then we wake up the next day with is a fresh start. Just don’t bring the negative thoughts/attitude with you the next day 🙂

You need to celebrate, including the small things.


When something good happens celebrate! Whether it’s hitting a pace that you previously struggled with, graduating college, getting a promotion or completing a race. You need to celebrate yourself! You work hard to get to that point so why not have a cookie, glass of wine or treat yourself to a new shirt when that happens. Celebrating makes life fun and you shouldn’t just celebrate the big milestones in my opinion.

It’s hard.

Life is hard. Running is hard. But that’s okay. It’s going to be hard. We are all strong and we will overcome it. It’s that simple.

You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.


In both life and running, you will find yourself in a situation that is uncomfortable. For me, those uncomfortable feelings come when I walk into a crowded room and realize I don’t know anyone. Hello introvert right here! Your uncomfortable feeling could be the same or different but you get what I’m saying. The feeling is the same when I go to run a new workout or have fast paces I need to hit. Those give me a similar uncomfortable feeling. In order to move forward and grow, you need to be okay with being uncomfortable.

To get what you want, you need to work for it.

If you want to get a promotion, do you just sit behind your desk and hope it falls into your lap. Heck no you don’t! You decide the way you will shine and then complete the necessary steps to get the promotion. That’s just like running. When you want to get a PR in a race, you need to push yourself to get to faster. You can’t keep running the same paces and expect to get faster. Nothing falls in your lap in both running and life.

You get out what you put into it.

The self-fulfilling prophecy is one of my favorite things I’ve ever learned about. I apply it to both life and running. When I interviewed for my current job, I told myself before both interviews that I would be myself and they would like my personality and what I could bring to the company. On runs, I look at a scary pace and think “I can do this and nothing will stop me”. For both life and running, you get what you put into it. If you put negative energy out then all you will attract is negative energy. Now I’m not saying I’m always upbeat and positive, I just don’t think that is realistic. I think about how I’m presenting myself and the thoughts in my head to do my absolute best to be sure it’s all positive.

People are always there to support you.


In life, you surround yourself with the people that you know will pick you up when you fall down. The ones that will celebrate all of the good and cry about the bad. It’s just like running! Alex doesn’t run and he doesn’t always get why I voluntarily wake up around 6:30 on Saturday mornings to run a lot of miles, but he comes to all of my races and let’s me complain about the bad runs.  Having a support system with you every step of the way is the best thing you can do to yourself for both running and life.

Question of the day: What’s one way you find life and running to be similar?

17 thoughts on “Ways Running And Life Are Similar”

  1. It’s so true that you get what you put into running and life in general. Another thought I have is that sometimes you have to do things you might not enjoy in order to achieve your goals. For running, that could be making sure you foam roll & stretch even if it’s boring. For life, that could be not buying something frivolous so that you can save up for that vacation/house/car. 😊


  2. So true! Yes, running . . like life, is hard. And yes, every day is not a good day and every run is not a good run. But finding purpose makes it all worth it.

    Ways running and life are similar? On that same thought, I would say they are similar in that both are what we make them. Don’t let a bad day impinge on what tomorrow can be, and don’t let a bad run do the same. The bad days and runs are lessons. Learn from them.

    Peace and good runs


  3. Loved this post Maureen! Everything that you say is so true! Specially the part of feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable.

    To me, another thing that I’ve found running to be so similar with life is that I have to be intentional if I want to accomplish things. Do things to accomplish my goal and doing them in a very determined way.

    Hope you have a great day:)


    1. Thanks Nathaly! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      That’s another great point. You have to be intentional in order to accomplish anything, no matter how big or small.

      I hope you are having a great week and have less traffic after work today!


  4. It’s funny because when I first started running I thought there would come a time when all of my runs were good. I think it’s kind of like when you’re a kid and you think being an adult is going to be all good!🤣


      1. I think that might be my dream world where every run went awesome! Yup I have a hard time not laughing when my children are complaining about little things!


  5. Cool runnings!!!! Ooh my goodness, I haven’t watched that in FOREVER!!! Such a perfect time to put it on with the Olympics going on!

    GIRL! If anything a bad run MAKES you a good runner… you’ve had enough good days to know what a bad day looks like!!

    I love this post… everything is Sooooo true! So much wisdom here. “You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable”… wowzers. I have never thought about that similarity, but sheesh… so true.

    This is such a great question.. I need to think it over!! I’m amazed how you whipped up so many similarities at once. LOVE this post! XO


    1. It’s such a good movie! I had never seen it. The little song that goes “Jamaica we have a bobsled team” is still stuck in my head.

      Exactly! You need the bad to really appreciate the good! Thanks for saying that 🙂

      This post was a few days in the making! I only thought about a few at a time. But immediately on my run I thought of a few.

      Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is probably my favorite similarity I thought of to be honest. Breaking out of your comfort zone and being uncomfortable leads to some amazing things.

      I’m so happy to hear you loved this Mackenzie!!

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