Believe it or not, but while in Madison for Melon’s bachelorette party weekend, we ran both mornings (Sat and Sunday). Those girls are crazy dedicated, not to mention super speedy (think, 2:50-3:20 marathoners). Needless to say, I had a hell of a time keeping up with them, but they inspired me big time while I was with them.
They refreshed and inspired the motivation I needed in my running life. And it got me thinking, what type of runner motivates me the most?
I’ve got mad respect for the 70 year olds still out there running for the love of it. I’m humbled by the insanely busy working moms and dads wakin’ up crazy early, before their kids get up, so they can get a run in. I’m seriously impressed by my speedster friends who -without fail- get out for their speed work and long runs no matter what the day/weather/location.
They all motivate me, but for some reason, those girls gave me an extra boost of motivation after that weekend.
Motivation is empowering. It gives you that pep in your step, the confidence, the excitement to go and get outside to run. It’s not a matter of “okay I gotta do this today”, it’s a matter of “I WANT to do this today”. And I love that feeling. I’m planning on hanging onto it as long as I can.
Which has led me to searching the local running scene for a new race to register for :) I think I’m ready to race again. I’m bored with my plainjane easy runs every day. I’m itchin’ for some speedwork and mid-distance racing. I’m thinking anything between a 10K up to a half marathon.
Denver-area runners, what are some great 10K or 13.1 races coming up this fall?
What are you registered for this summer/fall?
Who or what has motivated you to run most recently?