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Running Motivation–Why do you think you can’t?

Finding your CAN! Say yes to running.

Believe you can and you're halfway there. Running motivation.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

I am always on the look out for people to run with. Living in an area that is somewhat minimally populated (my town has 800 people) it is harder to find an organized running group. When I hear that someone else is a runner, I always ask,”Would you like to go for a run sometime?” The answer that I often hear is, “But you run marathons . . . I could never run as fast as you” or, “I could never be a runner.”

This is just silly. I want to run with YOU and yes, YOU can be a runner!

Part of the reason running is so great is that it doesn’t have to be about speed, or running races, or running a certain distance. There are many other reasons to run and so many reasons why YOU can run and why you can be a RUNNER!

I may be training for a marathon right now which means that I have a training plan that I am trying to stick to but if you ask me to go for a run, I will quickly ditch my plans to run with you because isn’t it nice to have company on the run? And, we can run at any pace you want and run as far as you want. If I am joining you to run it’s because it’s a great thing to do together. There is no need to feel like you are slowing me down. Running can be so much more than that. You CAN run with me and you may even surprise yourself and if you are new to running you may become hooked.

We are all  guilty at times of making apologies ahead of time or making excuses for why something might not be a good idea. We need to ditch these insecure ways of feeling. This attitude and self-sabotage has the potential to make us miss out on so many things in life.

Running Motivation. Reasons to say YES to a run!

There are so many reasons why you should say yes! Here are just a few.

  • You should be doing this for yourself!
  • Running is a great way to de-stress
  • The fresh air and sunlight will help you to feel good!
  • Running friends are the best! It’s a great time to share stories and laughs.
  • You can challenge yourself.
  • Not everything in life is easy when you get started. It gets easier after you take the first step.
  • You will learn something about yourself when you challenge yourself
  • Everyone needs a good endorphin boost!
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone will make you stronger.
  • You may find a new friend for life!
  • Running will help you build your self-confidence.

What are you waiting for . . .?

What reasons would you add to my list? What is your running motivation?

Organic Runner Mom-Running Triathlon and Organic Food


6 responses

6 responses

  1. Yes! I have been emphasizing strength training right now because I want to be fully prepared to begin the 2017 NYC Marathon training and stay injury free (unlike last year, when I was sidelined by an IT band injury – thanks weak glutes). So, I haven’t been running as much and it takes some motivation to get out there these days. I would add to your list:

    — It sets a great example for the kids
    — I’ll be able to have that beer guilt free
    — I’ll get to take in some beautiful scenery
    — It promotes brain growth and improves memory, making me smarter
    — It improves my circulation, making me more vital

    Happy running!

  2. The most important underlying issue related to motivation will be how important the goal is. As the sentence implies, a goal is crucial to the process. By a “goal” I mean a clearly defined ‘destination’ and ‘end product.’ Don’t make the destination or final outcome vague or things get difficult. Ensure the goal is realistic. If it’s not you wont ever become truly motivated for long enough periods to make progress. Tell as many people as you can about the goal to add pressure and make it harder to drop out. Stick up motivational reminders on the mirrors, on the fridge, everywhere where you can see them regularly. These could be sticky notes – or posters of physiques and people whom you respect and want to emulate. Treat your diet and running like you do all the other ‘hygiene factors’ in your life – like brushing your teeth and having a bath or shower. There is always a way to work your diet and running around the busiest schedule, but it requires planning and you must take it seriously.

    Cheers then.
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