Find What Motivates You

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What motivates you to run? Is it losing weight?  Staying in shape? Getting faster? Is it for your mental health? Or do all of these things motivate you?

I run because I am in love with it.  However, I also like the benefits of staying in great shape and bringing home cool race medals (anyone else?!)  Running also allows me to clear my head and lets me think.  I am also motivated by speed.  I am not a fast runner by any means (average pace is between 8:20-8:45 minutes per mile).  However, over the years I have been able to shaves off seconds from my average pace, and many minutes (almost an hour) from my marathon times.

BOSTON.  That is a huge motivator for me.  Like many other marathon runners, qualifying and running Boston is my dream, and what really motivates me to get out the door.  When I first started running distance about 8 years ago I never thought I would run a marathon, and qualifying for Boston was not on my radar.  That has changed for me over the years.  I have developed an appreciation for the marathon, and want badly to run Boston.  It is not a question of “Will I qualify?” but a question of “When?” My first marathon took me 5 hours and 17 minutes, and I have since shaved off 57 minutes, finishing my last marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

I am also highly motivated by running quotes.  Here are two of my favorite quotes:

UntitledLastly, I will share with you one of my absolute favorite documentaries- “Marathon Challenge”.  Here is the excerpt from the PBS website:

“Can anyone run a marathon? How do you run 26.2 miles if you have trouble making it around the block? With good coaching, discipline, and lots of group support, as NOVA shows when it follows 13 generally sedentary people through a training regimen designed to prepare them for an ultimate test of stamina and endurance. Produced in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association®, which granted NOVA unprecedented access to the 111th Boston Marathon®, and Tufts University, “Marathon Challenge” takes viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body, tracking the physiological changes that exercise can bring about.”

Take the time to watch this.  But also make sure you have Kleenexes.  It is extremely heart warming, and I can almost guarantee it will make you want to get out and run.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/marathon-challenge.html

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