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Train For Your Career Like A Marathon Runner

Running a marathon requires focus, passion, strength and endurance; just like your career. Below are tips from our marathon-running LaSallians that, if applied to your career, can equip you with transferable skills to use in the workplace.

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Describe some challenges you faced on the run. Do they remind you of any struggles you overcame at work?

Annie: Towards the end of the race my whole body started hurting and I was ready to be done. I decided then and there to take it one mile at a time and reminded myself to enjoy the run and that it will all be worth it. I think in our industry we can get burnt out at times, but it's always important to remind yourself of why you do what you do and how it will all be worth it in the big picture.

Aileen: Towards the end of the run, I started to feel some aches and pains and, combined with the heat, I doubted all my training and wondered if I had it in me to finish. However, the support of my friends and family helped carry me through to the end and I was so grateful to have them by my side.

Similarly, challenges that arise at work can be discouraging and distracting, but with the help and support from your team, you can make it through anything.

Which qualities did you need to tap into on your run that you also need at work?

Annie: Always be ready and open for anything that life will throw at you, and train your mind to be stronger than your excuses and your fears.

Aileen: Dedication and a positive attitude. Running a marathon is hard and even with training, I wasn't fully prepared for the mental and physical challenge of running 26.2 miles. However, staying positive and sticking to the goal of crossing the finish line got me through it. Those qualities are equally important at work, as they will make you a much more valuable employee.

What was the biggest lesson you learned during the marathon?

Annie: Don't be so hard on yourself and have fun and be proud!

Aileen: You can truly do anything you put your mind to. Of course, hard work and preparation are important, but at the end of the day, mind over matter is very real. If you are encouraging and tell yourself you can do something, you have a better shot at completing the task.

Any other advice on how to train for your career like a marathon runner:

Annie: Take advice from people who are more experienced than you and take what they say and really apply it. Always want to be better than you were last year. We're all a work in progress and it's important to reflect on your success and the hard times to get better!

 Aileen: It's a marathon, not a sprint (literally), and it takes time to click. When you start training for a marathon, 2 miles seems impossible and by the end, it's a breeze. Don't expect to master your career overnight, because it takes time to get accustomed to it and you will never stop taking on new challenges, learning and growing.