It’s time for a workout/run/activity/doing something other than sitting on the couch. How do you get motivated? What gets you going? Me? I am a professional at coming up with excuses for not running on any given day. Too hot. Too humid. Too tired. Too late. It’s Wednesday. It’s stormy. The baby doesn’t feel well. I don’t feel well. I can come up with anything and talk myself out of a run very easily. I feel like a lazy piece of crap, but meh. I keep doing it. I came across the below quote that is really helping me get my butt in gear lately:
Just change “going outside” to “going down to the humid basement of hell” and that would describe my motivation lately. I can’t tell you how many times I have to tell myself that I will feel way more awesome finishing a run than dealing with the guilt and feelings of laziness when I talk myself out of run. This usually gets me off my arse and down to the basement. The saying is true, you will never regret going out (or in) for a run (or any other type of exercise, really). Even on the days where my runs leave me feeling tired and achy, the sense of accomplishment feels way better that sitting on the couch. Some days I have to repeat this quote over and over and over to get myself going, but it works. It gets the job done. Not to mention, it’s always waaaaaaaaaaay better telling Koach Kim I completed a run. That’s my motivation for getting my sneakers laced.
The Track and Field portion of the Olympics has started. I’ve been looking forward to watching a lot of the different races hoping to show the brain how it’s done. I was eagerly anticipating the Women’s Marathon. I made sure to be up at 6AM to watch it live. Man, those ladies can run! Mind blowing. I can’t even comprehend running 26.2 miles in under 2 1/2 hours. Incredible. I can’t even imagine running 26.2 miles in under 5 hours. Who am I kidding, I can’t even imagine running 26.2 miles, period. My favorite part of the race, seeing Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan supporting each other after a grueling race marred by crap weather. These are the moments that remind me why I love the Olympics. After annoying commercial breaks, poor commentary, and Olympic sized spoilers lately, I was so grateful for the reminder. Two women running for the same country with the same goal are still able to look outside of themselves and hold each other up. Nice.
Let’s hear it folks, what’s your motivation? Got any favorite Olympic moments thus far?