As a runner success is often defined by a number.

The number may be large – as in the amount of miles ran on that specific day.

The number may be small – as in how fast can you finish a set distance.

The problem with numbers is that they only tell one part of the story and are often not a good indicator of actual success.

So then what is success if it is not a number?

Is success a fast marathon? Is success the number of marathons I finish? Or the amount of mileage I run in a week?

Is success the number of friends you have? Or how much you are admired?

Is it how much money you make? Or how good of a job you have? Is it the size of your house or how many cars you own?

If you are successful in athletics are you successful in life?

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As an avid over-thinker I’ve often pondered what it will takes to achieve success or for others to look at me as someone successful.

As a number lover I can recite most of mine in the blink of an eye.

31. My age

3:11. My marathon PR

3. Number of children

3. Number of siblings

13. My unlucky, lucky number

10. Years running marathons

24. Marathons completed

11. My birthday

and while yes all of these numbers in some way or another contribute to who I am, they do not specifically define success in my eyes.

It has taken me 31 years, which depending on your number seems like a large number or a small number, to figure out that success in life is being comfortable in your own skin and with who you are. It’s waking up and being happy. It choosing to focus on what you GET to do every day NOT what you can’t do. It’s being passionate about the difference you make no matter how big or small.

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The athletes that have been impacted by Challenged Athletes Foundation choose to focus on what they CAN do and what they GET to do.

Success, in my eyes, is defined not by a number but by a feeling. If I feel successful – I am successful.

If I feel beautiful – then I am beautiful.

If I feel strong – then I am strong.

If I feel happy – then I am happy.

If I feel like a runner – then I am a runner.

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For the month of September I have the priveledge of wearing a beautiful Lagos bracelet from their new Enso Collection. When my time wearing the piece comes to an end it will be donated to The Challenged Athletes Foundation.

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The Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life. [source CAF website]

About the Enso Collection from Lagos:

Drawing its name from the Japanese word for circle, Enso symbolizes the expressive moment of Zen when the mind is free to let the body create. The infinite, unbroken circle of Enso embodies enduring strength and everlasting focus. LAGOS’ new Enso collection is a symbol of strength and modern elegance.

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My personal style is wearing things that make me happy. I like wearing physical reminders that encourage me on my life journey. The circle represented in the Lagos Enso collection makes me feel strong, beautiful and happy. It reminds me that there is more to success than just a number, that success in my eyes is being a part of the collective circle of life.

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Mile Posts & Lagos want to know what success mean to you? How do you define your own personal success? Comment below or use hashtag #strongstyle on twitter & instagram


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*I was not paid for this post. At the end of September the Lagos Enso Collection silver and diamond bracelet featured in my pictures will be donated by Lagos to the Challenged Atheltes Foundation. For more information on Lagos and the Challenged Athletes Foundation you can visit their websites – and

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  1. success to me is doing something i love everyday, and not taking time for granted. sounds stupid, but if you try to appreciate the TIME you spend doing things you love then you are successful <3

  2. Great post about what really matters. :)

  3. Success to me these days can mean a few things. Did I cross everything of my to do list? Success! Did my children have good behavior today? Success! Did I get to run :)? Success!

  4. Success is such a large concept, almost too much to describe in one comment. I think, as you say, it’s a feeling, that feeling expands outward and spreads to the people around you. “Smile, and the world smiles with you” . It’s a big concept, but I think you get what I’m saying.

  5. Success to me is furthering myself. I lost my job at the beginning of August and I had several weeks where I sat there and felt like a failure every day. I couldn’t understand why this happened to me. After a couple weeks I picked myself up and decided that every day I can do SOMETHING to further myself and my family. I set goals for myself personal, running, and professionally. I work hard to achieve those and sometimes I fall short, but I try to always remind myself as long as you are working for something and you have a family that is full of love and hope – what more can you want?

  6. I love that you say your personal style is wearing things that make you happy! At some point last year I walked into Target and said I’m only going to buy things that make ME happy, regardless of what other people may think, or whether they are “cool” or “in style.” It was a really fun personal exercise and your post reminded me to keep doing it!

  7. What a great post Dorothy.

    In fact the question you pose gives me pause because I don’t know the answer immediately. Which leads to the question, “Why don’t I?”

    I’m going to think on this one awhile, and perhaps post my conclusions on my own blog.

    Thank you for the thoughtful post, I appreciate it. :-)

  8. Success to me is raising a good family….raising strong confident girls/children ( i have all girls). Showing them through my own actions…showing them how to work hard and achieve…showing them how to win and lose in life. Showing them that when the going get’s tough…the tough get going. Man I love being a Mom! Best hard work ever!

  9. I am truly happy to read this blog posts which carries lots of valuable facts, thanks for providing these kinds of

  10. Love this. I think success is completely internal–and in no way tangible. For me, it stems from self-confidence. I feel most successful when I am happy with where I am in life–happy with what I’m doing–happy with how I feel–happy with the people I choose to surround myself with. It’s all about perspective; appreciating the little things and being grateful for every opportunity life throws at you. :-)

  11. Love your style and this post! I measure success by how I feel both inside and out. Numbers are numbers and as women we can become too obsessed with them. Don’t get me wrong, I use them to time my runs, mileage, rides, and sometimes calories, but in the end I measure my success with how I feel after completing that run, ride, or event. If I feel strong, confident, beautiful inside and out, then to me that is success. XOXO

  12. This is a powerful question to me and a powerful post. In a world where success is so material it is hard to believe in your own definition of success. But we have to remind ourselves of that every day, that feeling successful is not dependent on someone else’s definition of success. Sure we have to reach a certain place when we work, when we drive, when we do things that have specific goals, but to me, personal success is so much more.

    Success to me is giving everything I have to reach my God given potential in all that I do. And that means I have good and bad days, I am not expected to reach every goal, I am expected to give everything I have at that moment. That may sound sappy, I am a believer and I believe that the only way I can be successful is to depend on my creator because I sure can’t do it on my own and I am forever thankful that he is willing to help!


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