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Motivation: Running Outside My Comfort Zone & Women Who Inspire

Find your comfort zone and then leave it! Motivation for runners

Find your comfort zone and then leave it! Find your motivation. (photo courtesy of snapACIDOTIC)

Motivation . . . find the “Super Women” around you and train with them!

Motivation the past couple of weeks has been somewhat difficult to find. I am so ready for the arctic temperatures to dissipate to give way to the beautiful powdery snows that often fall in February. There is nothing worse than looking out of your window and seeing a beautiful sunny day and then stepping out only to feel your nose freeze from the inside out and your finger tips to quickly lose any sensation. Mother nature and her not so nice tricks! She needs to make up her mind and either let it snow when it is cold or let it be warm when the ground is bare!

I am trying to keep my sanity and keep my eyes on the prize (Boston Marathon) and not let this endless frozen winter drive me over the edge. Thankfully I have some of the most amazing women to run and race with in my life who are strong in ways more than just the physical. When I am having trouble finding motivation or need some inspiration I seek out my running “soul mates” and get out on the road to inner zen. When I am challenged by a race, by a tough workout or a mountain to climb they become my extra strength.

Trail Running on the Northern Rail Trail

Trail Running on the Northern Rail Trail

It is time to get over the head games that you play when you are running (and in life too!). Don’t become your own obstacle to success. Find what makes you strong and visualize it. Meditate and become the super hero strength that you need to achieve your dreams. No goal was ever reached without the hard work, motivation, determination, lots of sweat, maybe some tears and laughter, and of course hard work and time spent out on the trails and roads.

Run outside your comfort zone

For me I often gain energy from those around me. I admire my friends for all of their different strengths and what they have each learned from challenges in their own lives. These are the building blocks that I use to help find my own determination. I am amazed by the women that I run with. They are some of the strongest women that I know. I feel lucky to be able to train with them because every stride and mile that I run with them is helping me to discover my own dreams and I have found a new drive to succeed.

I have been training this winter with some of the toughest women that I know. An amazing adventure racer, an insane ultrarunner, my super strong training partner,  a super strong mother runner,  and an incredible mountain biker (all around dynamic athlete), (just to name a few). When I race I draw my strength from them and use it to push me along the course and up the mountains. They often push me outside my comfort zone but I know that the end result for me will be more strength and endurance even if it means being slightly on the edge during my training.

Who inspires you to be as strong as you hope to be?

Here is my amazing “team” of running “Super Women!”

Bridget has been with me through the highs and lows of running and continues to kick my a$$ on every run. You make me stronger B and I love that!

Bridget has been with me through the highs and lows of running and continues to kick my a$$ on every run. You make me stronger B and I love that!

Fast Friends

Fast Friends

Finally a run with "Dangergirl!" Kristina is a super fast ultrarunner with amazing goals. Running with her was an inspiration!

Finally a run with “Dangergirl!” Kristina is a super fast ultrarunner with amazing goals. Running with her was an inspiration!

Meghan is an amazing nordic skiier and mountain biker. Can we convert her into a long distance runner? I think the answer is YES!

Meghan is an amazing nordic skiier and mountain biker. Can we convert her into a long distance runner? I think the answer is YES!

My amazing adventure racer friend Jenny. Truly powerful.

My amazing adventure racer friend Jenny. Truly powerful.

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Dangergirl: Yay for fun girls!

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9 responses

9 responses

  1. Running with super women not only pushes me to be a better runner but also reading posts like yours. Great motivation!

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