Tamarynn Bennett: Racing Toward What Matters Most

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Comparison is evil . . . Any time you look at someone else's strengths that might be your weaknesses, you'll always come up short."

10 years ago, Tamarynn Bennett was 25 years old and had barely run more than a few miles at a time.  So, she reasonably thought she would be a "one and done" with a marathon she signed up for.  But after accidentally qualifying for Boston (!), she found herself drawn to the challenge and the thrill of racing.

Like most athletes, Tamarynn has had her fair share of set backs and disappointments.  From taking a full six years off of doing triathlons so she could focus on her family, to facing adrenal fatigue and injuries, to not being able to do races she had trained so hard for, Tamarynn has seen it all.  Her persistence is admirable, but it's also reachable; Tamarynn likes to make it clear--she is ordinary and credits achieving these big goals just one step at a time and holding strong to the bigger picture.

Tamarynn also discusses the personal trials her family has faced, and how they have both challenged and strengthened her commitment to what really matters.  A big piece of that puzzle?  Avoiding the trap of comparison and instead embracing the little progress we make each time we try, and then try again.

Some recent good news since our interview was recorded: Tamarynn was not only able to finish the Chicago marathon she was nervous about completing due to an injury, but she also completed her first official Ironman!!!!  Tamarynn described it as "magical."  Congrats!!!

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Show Notes:
Tamarynn's Instagram
Last week's interview with Lisa Funk
Lisa's new book, The Guide to Mindful Lettering
Recent interview with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife: "Get Over Yourself"
Jennifer Finlayson-Fife's website and Holiday DEAL!
Jennifer's past interviews with About Progress on perfectionism and goodness (doing things for the right reasons)
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More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas


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