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Monday, May 3, 2010

MBE: Motivation

Monday Brain Exchange is sponsored by Jill, who blogs at Finishing Is Winning.

Topic: Motivation

Question: What/Who motivates you? What do you tell yourself when you are struggling? How do you keep going when it is too cold, too windy, too hot, too humid, too early, too late, etc…?

More than anything, I am motivated by my running group. They get me out there, week after week, because I know that someone is there waiting for me every week and expecting me to show up. I honestly don't know what I would do without them.

When I'm struggling, I just try to think positive thoughts. If we're talking short-term struggling (like in a race), I'll just keep repeating to myself that I can do it and reminding myself that it will be done soon. I mean, I don't do ultras, so the maximum that I'll ever be out there will be fore 26.2 miles, and the max that's ever taken me was 6 hours and 45 minutes. Granted, I started struggling about 3 hours before the finish on that one, and 3 hours is a heck of a long time for positive self talk.

If I'm struggling long-term, for example with motivation, I will just accept my best. All I can do is my best, so if I don't feel like running, I'll tell myself to get out there and just do a mile. Usually, I'll end up doing more than that.

When it's too hot, I tell myself that I can run inside on the treadmill :) When it's too cold, I remember how much I hate it when it's too hot. I prefer cold over hot, so that isn't a difficult one for me. Just bundle up! Too early, well, again, my running group is there waiting, so I'm out there, too. Have I mentioned that I love my group? :)

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Lindsay said...

Love it motivation is EVERYTHING!!!

Lacey Nicole said...

haha i like how you approach hot/cold running. we always have options... some are better than others :) i supposed if you couldn't run inside you could run early AM or late PM in the summer, too.

having a running group is a major perk!!! glad yours is there for you.

K said...

I do the same thing when it comes to cold/hot. I much prefer cold over hot!

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