On Resiliency, a guest post by Sarah Guillory

When I was a child, I believed talent was the most important thing to success. Now that I’ve grown up, I know that hard work tops talent almost every time. Running taught me that. In fact, everything I learned about life I learned from running—specifically through training for marathons—and I don’t think that I would have lasted as a writer if I wasn’t first a runner. Running taught me that I am capable of accomplishing feats I once thought insurmountable. It taught me that I am stronger than I once believed, that I can enjoy and even excel at something I wasn’t always good at, that getting knocked down isn’t what matters—it’s the getting back up. Running taught me resiliency.

These days, resiliency often gets a bad rap. And I get it. When I talk about pushing past limits or refusing to quit, I don’t mean to keep going long after it’s time to rest. Marathon training teaches the value of rest as well. If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot continue to train. Rest is a part of the training.