Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. How did you do with last week’s challenge?
(Yay, you did it!)
Well folks, it is officially marathon season here in New York City. Boxes of pasta are flying off the shelves and subway signage is turning ING orange even faster than the changing leaves in Central Park. It is truly an exciting time for us locals. Personally, I can’t help but feel a little giddy, nostalgic, and inspired every time I pass a runner on the street. For all I know, that tech wear-wearing stranger might be only weeks away from hearing “New York, New York” at the base of the Verrazano Bridge.
So, let’s talk inspiration. Based on input from runners with whom I have trained and been corralled, I have learned that a key element to success on the course is finding a source of inspiration to call upon when the miles get long and your legs start to feel like a terrible hybrid of Jell-o and bricks. I can easily recall a handful training runs and races where I have struggled to finish. Each time, I found myself asking “Why am I doing this?” yet never making an effort to find the answer.
I realize that I often treat the phrase, “Why am I doing this?” as a rhetorical question or, in some cases, an admission of defeat. Lately, rather than letting these negative thoughts take over, I have been trying harder to do a little more “sole searching” for the reason behind the run.
My goal for my training this week is to come up with a list of people, places, things, causes, ideas, and mantras that will keep me moving and motivated on my runs.
Please join me and commit to making a list of who and what inspires you. This is a challenge for runners, non-runners, and maybe-someday-runners alike, so feel free to apply it to any aspect of your life.
What inspires you?