It’s been a little over 4 months since my last post, and of course, things have changed since then. At the end of March, I transitioned from being an intern on one account to a “contract account coordinator.” Contract AC can be synonymous with account service intern, but it sounds better. Also, that’s what my supervisor calls my role, so I’ll go along with it. From April through October, I’ve been tasked with covering two maternity leaves – first, a project manager and second, an account executive. The workflow ebbs and flows since I’m currently just covering the project manager’s position, but for about a month, my coverage will overlap, so that should be interesting.
Now that you’re caught up to speed about my work situation, let’s talk about running. Throughout my middle school and high school career, I ran hurdles. Each track meet, I was known for coming in the top 3, or top 4 if it was a bad day. Five years later, I traded my spikes for regular running shoes and just finished my first half marathon Sunday, June 9, 2013. I ran the Wounded Warrior Half in Irving, Texas. When you’re running 13.1 miles, it’s only natural that thoughts begin running through your head. Below are a few lessons ignited by the race:
- Challenge yourself – Beyond physically, it is important to challenge your mind and spirit as well. This is how you grow as a person, and it adds more balance to your life.
- Quit trying to keep up with the Jones family – Races usually attract a lot of people. For some, it’s their first race, for others, they have multiple under their belt. As someone who was never a distance runner, I constantly had to remind myself to keep my own pace and not worry about other people passing me up. Regardless if you share the a common end goal, the route or time it takes to reach it may be different than those of your peers.
- Live in the moment – Contentment is a mind state I’ve been practicing over the past few months. Oftentimes, people confuse contentment and settling. To me, settling is performing or existing below your potential habitually while contentment is taking what you can from your current situation, growing, and utilizing it to prepare for the next season in your life. As a graduate of one of the top business schools in the nation who is currently not a permanent, full time employee, this lesson is a struggle for me.
- Celebrate the small victories – Throughout the race, I celebrated each mile ran because I knew I was one mile closer to the finish line. When you celebrate the smaller accomplishments along the route to your overall goal, it doesn’t seem as intangible.
The Wounded Warrior Half taught me many applicable lessons to different sectors of my life, and I’ve decided that it won’t be my only half marathon. Knowing that all the training you’ve spent months doing pays off in accomplishing a goal that many only dream of is a rewarding feeling.