Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs and I are excited to have another guest host this week, Ashley from TwynMawrMom! Our topic for today’s Tuesdays on the Run is MOTIVATION. I have mixed feelings about this because while I feel like I’m on the cusp of being super motivated, I’m not quite there yet.
- Visualize success. Really sit down and close your eyes and imagine what success looks likes, feels like, sounds like. I know I want to get fast enough to place in my age group regularly and to earn a spot in the front corrals of races. I can see myself lining up towards the front of the pack, feeling light and strong, pushing myself hard but being confident that I can do it. I can imagine what it feels like to be in the front of the pack, running without a big crowd around me, crossing the finish line knowing I gave it my all.
- Write it down. I have had great periods of being really focused and motivated about eating well when I’ve written down my reasons (especially the embarrassing ones) for wanting to lose weight. These include really serious reasons like not wanting to die of cardiovascular disease and wanting to set a good example for my children to completely shallow ones like wanting to get in line for a roller coaster without worrying that I won’t be able to fit in the seat and wanting to go to the beach, springs or water parks and feel good about how I look in a bathing suit. By writing them down, I give those reasons more power and help them stick in my subconscious mind so they help me stay strong and focused on the long term when I’m tempted by short term pleasure.
- Have buddies with the same goals. Having friends around you with the same goals can help all of you make the right decisions to get to those goals. Seeing a friend post about their workout, race or new healthy recipe helps me stick to my plan. Just knowing you’re not alone in the journey makes a huge difference.
- Have a physical reminder. I have a bracelet with a special charm on it that reminds me of my goals. Some people get tattoos to serve as a reminder of their accomplishments or goals. Photos or motivational sayings posted around your home or work can also help keep your motivation strong. This one seems pretty helpful… Just sayin’…
- Sign up for something expensive and challenging. Having my race calendar full is the best motivation of all for me to keep me running. Having a half marathon in three weeks means that I will be hitting the pavement even if I’m tired or busy. I know how much it’s gonna hurt if I don’t get the miles in and I’m way too prideful and stubborn to bow out from a race (unless I’m sick or injured of course!) so I just don’t have any choice but to do the training!
My motivation has been difficult to maintain since last summer. I’ve had some periods where I feel fairly motivated, but somehow it just isn’t sticking. I am excited to read my fellow bloggers’ thoughts on motivation and honestly, just writing this post has helped me refocus on how important motivation is and how much I really do want to attain my goals of being fast, fit and healthy!