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Running a Marathon Taught Me the Importance of Finding Your Village

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

By Jami Rudofsky



Fun fact about me: I've run 16 marathons.


When I decided to run my first marathon, it was all about me. I was feeling lost and alone, and I needed a big goal to focus on to get me unstuck. It was daunting, but I was determined to see it through.


As I started training, I quickly realized that I would never succeed without joining a running group. I needed the support and inspiration of others who were on the same journey as me.


During those training runs, we supported each other, pushed each other to keep taking steps forward, and bonded over a shared journey. We were all very different, but we all had the same goal: to succeed and to push ourselves farther than we ever thought possible.


This experience taught me the importance of finding your village. Having people around you who are on the same journey will make each step to your goals that much sweeter. And when you do cross that finish line, there is nothing better than celebrating with the people you ran with along the way.


Running has taught me some valuable lessons that have carried over into my career and personal life.


Being an actor can be very insular, but it doesn't have to be. Finding a community of like-minded individuals who share your goals can provide support and accountability when you need it most.


So if you're feeling lost or stuck in your own journey, I encourage you to seek out your own village. Whether it's a running group, a writing workshop, or a group of fellow actors, having people around you who are on the same path can make all the difference.


Remember, success is not a solo endeavor. Find your village, and together you can achieve greatness.




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