February 11, 2021
5 Things I Learned On My Quest to Qualify For the Boston Marathon
WRITTEN BY Shayna Dunitz

One of the best things about fitness is that so much of what we learn in the gym (or on the trails, or the roads, or wherever we spend our time) can be applied to life outside of the gym. I spent the majority of 2020 training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and ultimately, wasn’t able to race at all due to COVID. Looking at this from an “outcome” perspective, it was a complete waste of time. All of those hours, all of the running, all of the time spent in the gym in pursuit of this one goal - a 3:30 marathon - useless.

However, looking at things from an “outputs” point of view, I still consider the 10 months of training as time extremely well spent. I’ve been running for years and have run marathons before, so I knew that there are always lessons to learn. This cycle specifically, pushing really hard for a specific goal, brought a lot of great things out of me that I try to continue to use in my day to day life, personally and professionally.

Without further ado, the 5 things I learned while marathon training.

Many of the struggles and triumphs that we experience through fitness can teach us new ways to approach other challenges in our lives. I look forward to taking what I learned in 2020 into my next training cycle and continuing to get fitter, physically and mentally.

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