I never know when it will hit-motivation, inspiration, whatever to be the best I can be. When it happens I must drop everything and blog the topic in my mind. Being motivated for a blog post is a big deal. I immediately type up the bad boy and schedule it to a day I deem appropriate.
Being motivated to run is also another big deal, for some people anyways. For me, being motivated to NOT run is much harder. I’m sorry but I love running. Dirty lie- I’m not actually sorry. A lot of people ask me, you know Hollie, what exactly motivates you to run that high of mileage? What motivates you to run period. You aren’t on a collegiate team anymore. Your coach won’t punish you if you don’t get your miles in. It’s -10 out and you are still going to the treadmill or even outside.
It’s like they are breaking my little heart asking why do I do something that I truly love.
Well let me tell you a story of last semester.
I really needed to get a long run in (13 miles) and I did not want to do it on the treadmill. It was a combination of sleeting and freezing rain outdoors and I ran in it. I ran in that weather and I have never felt more accomplished in my life. EVER. I hated every second of it, but I thought of those Nike Ads where they look so strong in god awful conditions. I thought of myself, my training and everything in between but knew it made me STRONGER!
Miserable and hating my life but I was like hell no rain you can’t stop me.
Someone posted a fb status that day (with my name linked) “Saw this crazy running outside today then realized it was Hollie. Not surprised in the slightest”.
I laughed but I do think it’s true. I have more drive than most people when it comes to what I’m doing. I guess that comes from a Type A personality.
So what motivates me you ask?
- Having a goal. I cannot physically go into training-not knowing what I want out of it. Even mini goals work well, ie: today I want to run 8 miles at X pace.
- Seeing results of my past and knowing HOW HARD I worked for them. That 85 minute 20k was not a cake walk. I couldn’t have done that on 20 mile weeks (for me at least).
- My coach. When I feel like I won’t accomplish much, he always tells me otherwise and I have those results to prove it.
- My motivational posters in my room
- Bloggers and Dailymilers are all so very inspirational!
The drive for me comes within! I want to be the best I can be in running. In life. All-Around.
Question for you: What motivates you?