Guest Post: Marathon Runner Karen Reimann on The Importance Of Failure

Published: July 26, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

On the way to achieving success, there is usually some sort of “failure”. How you react to this will be a big indicator of whether you will be successful in reaching your goals.

Learn From Your Mistakes

The importance of resilience in achieving your goals has been something I have been reminded of recently – from a few different sources in the last couple of weeks, including an injury which has tested me personally.

In what was perfect timing I was sent through the following blog post from Faye Hollands,  a Career Coach I have used in my professional life, who talks about resilience in relation to career, but every point could easily be attributed to achieving your running goals.

I know I have learnt more from my running failures than I have from my successes. For my first marathon I did just about everything you could possibly do wrong. I didn’t do enough training (18km was my longest run ever), I took Gu for the first time in the race (spent half an hour in the toilet along the way), didn’t look at the course before the race (it was a hilly course with a killer hill near the end I had not left any energy for), and wore a new pair of shoes (did anyone say blisters)– yet this is the race I attribute my later “good” races to. I learnt so many things to do differently, that my next marathon (4 years later) saw me take an hour off my finish time.

What a person considers a failure will be different for everyone and can range from missing a training session to not reaching the race time goal. So how do you bounce back from a failure and use it to become a more resilient runner?

Once again this is going to be different for everyone but there are a few things I believe are universal:

  • Learn from your mistakes – and make adjustments based on these lessons. There is a famous saying: “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.”
  • Remember your goals – reminding yourself of your ultimate aim and looking again and what you need to do to reach your goals will help you get back on track – as long as you are committed to your goals.
  • Keep on training – sometimes just the action of keeping on going will help get you back on track.
  • Remember your successes – don’t forget what you have achieved so far!

The quote this week comes from a former cancer patient turned runner.”There is nothing more certain than defeat of the man or woman who gives up.”

Happy Running

‘Gunz’ – Karen Reimann

You can read more of Karen’s running tips here: Crew For Life

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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