Life is a marathon not a sprint

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life is a marathon not a sprint

Quote by Phillip C. McGraw: “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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How many times have you heard the saying “It's a Marathon not a sprint? a product, talking about careers, or just referring to life in general.

“Life’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

So let me stipulate at the outset: I have nothing but admiration for the people who commit to, train for and endure marathons. Marathon runners are cheered during the race and lauded after it, but parenting is a less celebrated activity. Marathon runners receive data and feedback throughout the race, from the readings on their pedometers and heart rate monitors to the mileage markers along the route. But for parents, spouses, professional strivers and all of us just making it through the day, the race is unrecorded and our progress unmarked. And if a marathon really was an apt metaphor for life, what would a half-marathon be? A euphemism for sloth? Someone easily distracted?

We don't take the time to just stop for a moment and realize what we have. We often find ourselves saying "I want this, or I wish I had that. Instead of realizing we are blessed, we are always stressed about something. Life is indeed a race. But sometimes I think we get confused on how to run the race.


I believe approaching life in the lens of a sprint over a marathon is far more to your advantage, but you be the judge. The preparation for a sprint does not take any longer than the preparation for a marathon. The only difference is the length of the performance. And when your big moment comes, that performance will be over in a blink of an eye. All of those weeks, months, years of training and preparation comes down to executing your best in such a small window of time. TED talks are minutes long.

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I think I can do it all. Guess what? When you get mono you get nothing done. For over a month. It really regulates you. It teaches you that your body needs to rest, even if you force rest. Our bodies, our minds, our lives are meant to be filled with balance.

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