What’s my motivation?

I enjoy running. But I can’t think of any workout I’ve actually been excited to do. Days like today, when I just want my 8 mile run to be done rather than care about running it, are particularly difficult. I feel like an actor asking “what’s my motivation?”

And then I have to go down the list of things that this run is going to accomplish. In short, everything on that lists means that I am going to be closer to being the person I want to be — the strong runner, the confident woman, a force to be reckoned with — things that I likely already am but need to recognize in myself and figure out how to
access. “How bad do you want it?” The coach in my head screams.

That’s a good question. How bad do I want it? If how hard you work on something is a reflection of how much you want it, then sometimes I must not want it very much. It’s kind of an epiphany when you realize the matter-of-fact truth that you really only do get what you put into something.

So I’ll see you in a couple of hours, post 8 mile runner’s high.

Update: well, I made it. 8 miles in 1:20:22. That’s a fair pace for now.

Funny thing about motivation — you don’t just start running and go until you’re done. I require a lot of positive self-talk and continued motivation as I run. Most of the time, I can do this myself. In a way, you’re parenting yourself. Trying to teach yourself to be disciplined in your belief in yourself.

But some days I have to go outside myself and find other inspiration. Usually, music can do this for me. Today, Sara Bareilles ‘King of Anything’ was the ticket. Other go to songs are ‘Fighter’ by Christina Aguilera and ‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

And some days it’s 1812 Overture, lol.

Find a few songs that say what you want to say to the world and make you feel powerful. Put your mix on repeat and focus on that feeling. The run is over in no time.

So, what’s my motivation?

Me.

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    • John
    • July 4th, 2012

    Congrats on the 8 miles.

  1. That’s about 10minutes a mile! Thats a good pace!

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