If you were one of the 36,000+ who entered this years’ London Marathon and crossed the finish line firstly, congratulations!
Secondly, you will no doubt be feeling different to how you were before. The race will have tested your emotional, physical and mental reserves and whether it was your intention or not, you will have learnt many things about your mindset, beliefs and ability that are valuable to you personally and professionally.
There are many parallels to be drawn around training, running in and completing a marathon that those who experience the pregnancy journey and transition to motherhood can relate to. Where I see a big difference is in the thousands of supporters who turn out to cheer the runners on (often in all weathers), the support we give to those planning to race and the respect we give to runners after they’ve reached the finish line.
Prior to returning from maternity leave many women say they feel a lack of confidence in their ability and a sense of having to make up for “lost time” rather than returning to the workplace feeling empowered, capable and courageous. There isn’t a cheering squad to welcome them back and they often don’t get a medal!
I’ve given 3 tips on how to ensure you and others can see the benefits from any marathon experience you undertake.
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