Category: Inspiration

We Are Our Own Worst Enemies

Last night in my Spinning class, I met a woman who was there for her third class.  She was on the bike next to me and I offered to help her with clarifying anything during the class if she got lost.  All of the positions and resistance increases can get confusing in the beginning.  At the end of the class, she thanked me for the offer to help and continued to talk about how since she doesn’t currently have the strength in her legs to do all the moves (or so she thinks), she is getting discouraged in the classes.  Having signed up for 20 classes, she is determined to come back, but also said she is her “own worst enemy” when it comes to exercise and that she needs to talk herself into coming to each class.

There isn’t a truer statement than that.  We all are our own worst enemies when it comes to fitness, nutrition, motivation, etc…   I know that I could come up with a million excuses on why I can’t run today.  “I’m too tired.”  “I have too many errands to run.”  “I have too much work to do.”  The list goes on and on.  But what good does that do to fall prey to my excuses?  If I did that, then I never would’ve run not one but TWO half marathons so far this year.  I wouldn’t be trying to lose a marathon while training to run a marathon!

So why do we give up?  Maybe this sums it up:

Instead of thinking of how slow your are running, think of how FAST you are running compared to when you began.  I began seriously running in October 2011 and my average pace was around 15 min/mile.  This wasn’t an easy pace for me either…I was huffing and puffing.  Now 8 months later, I’ve shaved a little more than 2 minutes off of my average per mile pace.  That’s a pretty big accomplishment!  Would I like to run a 10 minute mile?  Of course!  But I have to remind myself that my body isn’t ready for that yet, but I will get there…probably in another 8 months.

Quitting isn’t an option for me and it shouldn’t be for you!  Just keep this in mind:

I want those abs!

The biggest piece of advice I can put out there on how to stay motivated to train is to SIGN UP FOR RACES!  Once I put that money down on a race, I’m not going to let it go to waste.  The same thing applies for exercise classes, gym memberships or even a new pair of running shoes.  If you’re financially connected to something, you’re more likely to stick with it.  Well, at least I am 🙂

So stop listening to that nagging voice inside your head and stop being your worst enemy!  Only you have the power to reach your goals…get there!

A Lack of Motivation…The Guilt

It’s one of those days.  You know, the one where you wake up with the best of intentions and things don’t turn out as planned.  The days where the motivation to exercise simply doesn’t exist.  We all have them and today was my day.  After a long day of meetings and planning for two conferences I have coming up, I was spent.  Plus I didn’t have my afternoon green tea, which usually gets me through evening exercises.  Oh and I had to go grocery shopping…blech.

By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was run the 3 miles I had planned.  The whole drive home I kept telling myself “you  have to go run, you’re training for a half marathon.”  But that didn’t seem to matter, my body was not having it.  All I wanted to do was get in my comfy clothes and make an awesome dinner, which is something that always relaxes me.  Oh the guilt.  I’m part Irish so I do guilt well, even if it’s against myself.  I feel like I let myself down.

My next half marathon is 5 1/2 weeks away and I don’t have time to waste.  Training needs to be a priority.  How do I get motivated on days like this?!  I know, I know…I shouldn’t beat myself up about it.  I look back at myself from 7 months ago and I wouldn’t have event considered going out for a walk any day of the week, let alone a run!  And it’s not like I’ve been a total slacker, my last rest day was Friday after all.  So why do I still feel so guilty?!

I want to hear from you.  How do you stay motivated?  Do you experience “the guilt”?  What things do you do to keep your energy and drive intact?     

So my new goal is to go to bed early and get those 3 miles in tomorrow morning before work.  I can totally do that!  I hope…

On the bright side, I did make this fab dinner tonight.  Spinach stuffed chicken with tomato eggplant sauce and roasted broccoli…YUM!

Why does it seem like RAD is turning into a food blog?? 😉

Music Makes the Difference

When I first started running, I listened to podcasts.  They helped divert my attention from the strenuous task of just getting to 1.5 miles.  I would switch between Disney, running, humor and other miscellaneous podcasts.  As my runs got longer, this just wasn’t cutting it.  I needed more motivation; so I sat down to make a playlist to get me going.

The key for me is variation.  Fast paced dance songs, bubbly pop songs and hard rock ‘n roll round out my list.  It’s pretty amazing to me how one song can pick me up when I’m feeling like I have nothing left in me.  During today’s run, I felt tapped out at 4.5 miles and then “Hair” by Lady Gaga came on and I dug down to take off for another ¾ of a mile.

Then there are the songs that are my perfect running tempo.  They make running fun as I rhythmically bounce along to the music.  There are two songs in particular that do this for me; “Music is the Victim” by Scissor Sisters and “She’s Alright” by the best band ever, Stereophonics.

I try to find new songs and add them to my list on occasion so I don’t get bored.  Today I added “We Found Love” by Rhianna, “Good Feelin’” by Flo Rida and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, all of which were great high energy additions to get me through my boring treadmill run.

I think this is why I enjoy Disney races so much.  Both before and during the race runDisney provides some serious musical entertainment.  There is a DJ to get you pumped up prerace, who even leads the runners in dances!  Then throughout the course there is music everywhere throughout the parks and along the various long stretches to help break up the monotony.

Here are some of my other favorite songs to run to.  What are yours?
“Teddy Picker” – Arctic Monkeys
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“You Make Me Feel…” – Cobra Starship
“Around the World/ Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk
“LoveStoned/ I Think She Knows” – Justin Timberlake
“The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
“Uprising” – Muse
“Idioteque” – Radiohead

A Marine Corps Veteran Provides Even More Inspiration from WDW Marathon Weekend

Well if just reading about all of the runners who participated in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend didn’t inspire you, this definitely will!  This one would get even the Evil Queen herself running a mile!

As first seen on the Disney Parks Blog, watch as this Marine Corps Veteran who was injured in Afghanistan completes the Half Marathon.  If he can do it, I know I can too!  No excuses…get your butt out there!!

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