Tag Archives: motivation

It’s not you and the last Fall 5

2 Dec

First, I’d like to say that I know my posts have been crazy inconsistent and I apologize for that. Despite how much I enjoy blogging, it comes in dead last on the priorities list when life is full and busy. A major change in my work schedule has been a blessing, but a blessing that cuts down on free time for blogging. I choose to spend that free time being with people I love and enjoying life (read: actually running) and I’m not sorry for it. I like you guys, I really do, but it’s just…

Starting after the holidays, I will again have another change in my work schedule. This one will free up my evenings and potentially make it easier to blog more regularly. So, if you’re hoping to hear about more of my running and life adventures, stick around!

On that note, I think I have to talk about how I’ve been struggling with my motivation for running since coming back from Italy at the end of October. Running the Stockadeathon did give me a nice (yet brief) boost in that department, but since then it’s been a bit…stale.

I’ve been making excuses not to run and sometimes I haven’t even felt that into it during runs. Maybe I’ve been avoiding putting these facts to paper (er, blog?) for fear that it will make them real and then I’ll have to do something about it.

One big example is that I had planned to run 10 miles on Sunday for the last installment of the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series, but just couldn’t get myself going. Instead of skipping it, I decided to drop it down to 5 miles – mostly because I knew I would only regret completely blowing it off.

Somewhere in the first couple of miles, the motivation spiked just enough for me to get through it at a decent pace and finish without regrets. And in 41:50, my last run of the Fall 5 or 10 series was over! I am really glad I had that bit of accountability to at least get me up and moving.

Another confession: I am really, really craving a fantastic long run. You know the type – giddy with anticipation, smiling the whole way, letting your heart decide the pace. I know that will come. I also know there are some things I have to do for myself to get there.

Some ideas I have to bust these blues:

  1. Sign up for a group run with my local running club
  2. Try a new cross training exercise
  3. Sign up for a winter race
  4. Get new winter running gear
  5. Seek advice and support from other runners
  6. Participate in something fun like the #RunChatHunt
  7. Just keep running

Question for you: How do you deal with the running blues?

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Monday Meditation: Running is the answer

2 Sep

Here we are ending a long weekend in observation of Labor Day. I hope everyone enjoyed their last official weekend of Summer. To set the week off right, I just wanted to stop in and offer a quote to meditate on. Due to its simplicity, I’m going to leave the interpretation to you:

“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight. For them, sport is not a test but a therapy, not a trial but a reward, not a question but an answer.

Dr. George Sheehan, Getting Fit and Feeling Great

Now, get out there and run. 😉

An inspiration reaches out and finding my own motivation

15 Feb

A couple of weeks ago, I featured an article from Runner’s World about the three men who received heart transplants and began running half marathons after recovering. This week, Justin Feria found my blog and reached out to me in appreciation for writing about him and his fellow teammates. It’s so awesome to have someone you’re inspired by reach and out and thank you for something!

He shared this short documentary about the men’s journey from heart transplant surgery to completing the La Jolla Half Marathon with the Sharp Heart Transplant team.

That video gave me some serious chills! Also – he just launched his own website this week to talk about his personal experiences and ongoing running goals. He’s training with Team Tinmen to participate in the Arizona Ironman and he just registered for his first FULL marathon. How incredible! If you are feeling like you need some inspiration or just want to hear about an amazing journey, check it out!

Speaking of motivation, I was having a really tough time finding mine today. I probably took about an hour after changing into my running gear to get my butt out the door. I did some warmups and abs first, in an effort to get my blood pumping. That helped, but it was really seeing someone else run past the house that gave me the final push I needed. (If I see someone else running, I pretty much immediately feel the urge to run, too. Weird, I know.) Motivation is motivation, right?

It turned out to be a pretty solid run, even though I had the silly idea to pick a route with a big hill in it. It took me at least half a mile to recover…

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4.35 miles | 38:07 total time | 8:46 avg pace

I almost forgot to tell you! After the run, I decided to try out the Booty Burner workout that Brooke from Running in Heels posted on Monday.

I did it one time through (minus the 8 min running) and my booty was definitely burning! The squat jumps were pretty lame by the time I got to them. Thanks for the workout, Brooke! I feel some serious foam rolling coming on this weekend…

Tonight’s lineup – Catching up on The Walking Dead and baking these red velvet crinkle cookies. Happy Friday!