Last weekend I completed my first individual trail running race.
I had so much fun!
I’ve always been an off-again-on-again exercise kinda gal doing Spartan, a half marathon and team trail races here and there over the past decade but nothing regular or consistent….
During the race I couldn’t stop thinking about the parallels between our careers and completing longer races (yes 12km in the hills is long for me) and the importance of being in it for the long haul.
Curious to hear more?
Watch this week’s video blog to learn a new way of looking at your career (inspired by my first individual trail race)…
Short on time? Read on for the transcript.
Hey guys I’m coming to you live from Sai Kung Country Park after completing my 12 kilometer Action Asia Race.
Got my finishers medal which is kinda nice because I was nowhere near the front BUT I’m happy that I just did the race and completed it.
It was great to test out my chops. Give myself a challenge but also train for it.
Part of the reason why I love doing races (and I have to credit my husband for encouraging me to do this) is because I train and I get into the momentum of exercise.
Exercise is one of those things that influences all area of your life.
It boosts your mood. It helps you tap into your intuition. It drops you out of your head and into your body.
There’s another parallel with training for a longer race.
For me 12km is considered “longer”…it’s hilly and a challenge for me and where I’m at right now. My husband is doing the 22km and I’m waiting for him right now.
Your career is like a marathon. You’re here to create a body of work, not just to stay in the same job role, company, industry your whole life.
If you feel called to iterate into something new, rather than beat yourself up over not being consistent or not being able to stick to something, I invite you to see it as a way of innovating.
A way of pivoting into something is more meaningful and is more aligned and actually allows you to be better.
Whether that’s actually switching into a different industry or starting your own business or doing something like that that or looking to other industries to help you innovate where you are right now. To keep things fresh and exciting.
As with everything you not only need to train and be in it for the long haul..
…it might mean training up in skills, networking, re-adjusting your path along the way.
It also requires recovery and rest.
I’ve had to learn that through the training that I’m doing.
You can’t train hard everyday.
There are days for stretching and rolling on the foam roller.
There are different phases of preparation for a marathon or for a race.
The same thing is true for your career.
Remember yes you can strategize and take action but at the same time, you need to rest, recover and review.
See where you’re doing and pivot where needs be.
So I’m sending this message with lots of love.
You’ll be getting this on New Year’s Eve and..
I wish you a really happy healthy and prosperous Year of the Dog.
If you haven’t set any New Year’s resolutions, now is actually a beautiful time to start to look at this with this mindset of your career a marathon not a sprint and see where you feel called to take it next.
Wishing you a beautiful week.