“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” -Thomas Edison
Since I am obviously a genius when it comes to anything related to running, here is a list of sources of my one percent:
1) New York City
You know that Sex and the City episode where Carrie is dating the city? After spending four plus years in a committed relationship with NYC, I have found that a good run in Central Park is the key to keeping our romance alive.
And, as with all good lovers, I can always count on going home from the park feeling sweaty and satisfied.
Crossing the finish line feels twice as nice when you are helping others. Some of my most rewarding race experiences have been as a member of a charity team. Knowing that I was running for something greater than myself gave me the purpose and drive to conquer 13.1 and 26.2. (Check out two of my favorites causes: American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation and Team For Kids)
3) Healthy Living Bloggers
Along with my requisite cup of coffee, browsing through my favorite blogs for workout motivation has become part of my morning routine. I have learned so much about running, cooking, and various nut butters from bloggers who willingly share their training tips, challenges, and triumphs.
4) DailyMile friends
Being part of this virtual running community for nearly 2 years has definitely helped me stay focused on my training. I am continually amazed and inspired by all of my DM friends’ high mileage and PRs. Epic donut burning!
5) Special people in my life
Facing the physical and mental challenge of a long run is much easier knowing that I have the support of my loved ones. I have friends who still like me even though every third sentence out of my mouth is related to running. I have a family that cheers for me on and off the race course. (They are no strangers to the sport; my stepfather is a 20-time marathoner and my mom, sister and I all ran our first half-marathon together 3 years ago!) Last but not least, I have Jeremy– the best damn cowbell ringer a girl could ever ask for.
Did you participate in this challenge?