Ever tried to launch a blog while readying your home to sell, putting it on the market, having a ton of people schedule viewings, eventually sell it then move and unpack? As you’ve probably already guessed from that question, that’s exactly what I did over the past 6 weeks. 😉 Things are a bit more settled now which means I’m back I’m to writing!
This post is all about running motivation and let’s face it, we could all use some, am I right? So let’s get super basic and define motivation. According to Dictionary.com, motivation is the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way.
But what does the act or instance or reason look like?
Each personality requires a different avenue of receiving information or visuals or incentive enough in order to provide the feeling of being inspired or motivated. I’ve listed out a handful of ideas below to get you thinking… The important part is to actively seek this inspiration out for yourself. No one knows you like you do! Changing your lifestyle is personal and ultimately, the responsibility of genuine change falls on your own shoulders.
Are you inspired visually?
Many of us find images on social media inspiring and feeling inspired leads to motivation. Follow the people on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. that leave you feeling ready to tackle the challenge! Just be careful to not leave yourself with the feeling of falling short. What we see on social media is more often than not a highlight reel of the lives of others and not always reality. It’s easy to get caught up in that so don’t measure yourself by the success of others. Take yourself on your own journey but use the journey of others as motivation.
Are you motivated by discussion?
Join Facebook groups! And lots of them! My current fav is RunJunkEesRun. I love seeing triumphant people posting pictures of their hard earned race medals, bragging (in a positive way) about their daily run times and distances and even those celebrating their small victories when trying to build up their endurance from a beginner level. It’s incredibly motivating to be encouraged daily by people in all walks of life with one common interest: running!
Are you encouraged by television shows?
Weight loss shows can be another form of motivation. My favorite example is Extreme Weight Loss with Chris Powell. I could binge watch those shows all day! And it’s not the weight loss that I find inspiring. It’s the grit these people find within themselves to accomplish amazing things for the first time.
Often Chris will have them run a half marathon just a few months into his program! I get teary eyed with them as they cross the finish line because I remember that feeling. For me, it solidifies within myself that I’ve run a half before with thyroid disease so I can do it again.. and again.. and again… even though each time hurts just as much as the first because of my disease. For you? Maybe it can inspire you to run your first 5k, 10k or yes, even a half.
Are you given incentive by reading?
My favorite running training book is Run Less Run Faster by Runner’s World. It lays out very easy to follow running plans starting at a 5k all the way up to qualifying for the Boston marathon! I LOVE the book because it helps you limit overtraining and burnout while producing faster race times. It’s a perfect training program for those who struggle to find time to run because it focuses on three quality runs per week instead of daily runs. The book also explains a lot of the science behind running so you literally can’t go wrong. Search books on running at your local library or even on Amazon! Following a program can often feel more motivating because it takes the brain work out of it for yourself.
Do you know your WHY?
Knowing and understanding WHY you want to change your lifestyle, adopt a running routine, eat healthy or change negative habits is such a powerful tool in fueling your success. And I know you’ve heard this one before but that doesn’t make it any less true. For me, I do not want to ever have to remove the other half of my thyroid (read my hypothyroidism story here). Why do I try so hard to live a healthy life? Because thyroid disease is much, much worse when I don’t and I don’t like feeling crappy. It’s that simple for me. Many with autoimmune disease can relate to this, I’m sure. Once a healthy lifestyle is established, falling off of that means being out of remission. It means symptoms, pain, anxiety and worse. Running combats the weigh gain that comes with a slow thyroid so I run to maintain a decent weight (and also because running is just awesome and makes me feel awesome). 😉 Your why doesn’t have to be complex just know what it is then remind yourself of it when the going gets hard! Many find writing it down very beneficial.
My point with all of this is to find an source of motivation that appeals to YOU because what works for someone else, might not for you and that’s fine! But dig into yourself deep. Find something that works and use it for your benefit. But most importantly, make sure it’s a sustainable, long term form of motivation because when you’re tired, the going gets hard, it’s painful, it’s real and challenging, THAT’S when you’ll need it. Because THAT’S when motivation meets self discipline and you’ll need all the help you can get. ♥
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