Getting motivated and staying motivated
I’ve been on a two week slug fest, one with running where I experienced the most difficult of runs, even if i ran a PB. I lost all motivation for running subsequent to that and having been struggling to get myself going again. Not only is my mind fighting me but my body is also letting me down. Today I had a difficult bike ride and for the first time i felt like calling it a day. My body felt fragile and I knew that I had no option but to continue if I wanted to go home (My car was at the finish and there was no way my wife was going to fetch me). In the end I finished with more than enough still in the legs, albeit fragile legs. The one thing both days had in common is having to battle the wind. I realise that you need to take the good with the bad and I’m just experiencing some bad.
When I started running i did it to support my bud. I then took it a step further and decided to test myself but at the same time to do it for a cause greater than myself. It lead me to achieve significant success and at the same time create exposure and raise some funds for the Carel du Toit Trust. Subsequent to that i kept on running, the bug has bitten, and it became about me and seeing what I can achieve. My life is about living my potential and inspiring others to do this same.
For most of us exercising is a way to stay in shape. Vanity, pride and fear keep us going to gym (Just go to gym weekday evenings to see how full it is), hitting the road and trying that new workout that promises accelerated calorie burn. But when you started running it might have been to stay in shape or lose weight but that is never the reason you keep going.
We runners are a different breed. We do grueling workouts under extreme weather conditions. We build our days, our diets and our social lives around our runs. We wake up early to pound the pavement or the treadmill.
Our sport is your sports punishment.
And we do it willingly.
But why do we run?
The fist answer is to stay in shape but when we dig a bit deeper its something else?
Its the challenge to do something and see if we can do it better and better every day. I run to prove to myself i can go faster, go farther and I dedicate myself to it. I run against only one person: ME.
SO how do you stay motivated when the only competition you have is the person facing you in the mirror every morning?
1. Run with people who are faster than you
2. Find a race, your marathon might be over but that does not mean your racing season is over. You probably in the best shape of your life and maybe its time to set some PBs in the shorter distances.
3. Run for charity
4. Set goals – maybe a sub 50 10k, or sub 40 10k, etc.
You can do anything you want to. You must just be bold enough o try.
Sometimes we must also acknowledge that life does get in the way and goals previously set must be adjusted. On reflection I’ve been hard on myself, because there are so many good things that I’ve done over the last few months. I’ve been involved in changing lives and making an impact in the lives of others Its a cause greater than myself and that is what got me running in the first place.
Motivation is not always and easy thing to find and its even harder to maintain. But if you proactive about it, you can keep your motivation levels high throughout your training season and have some fun while you at it.
Besides if it isn’t fun why the hell would you still do it?
Mentally I’m back, now just for my body to return 🙂
Now go out and run!!!