Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Running Motivation Comes in all Forms
I left the house confident that even if I did not feel like it; I never regret the run. I often regret the decision to just sleep that extra 40 minutes. Two years ago if someone had said you will have more energy if you get up and run instead of sleeping that extra time I would have been like "okay, whacko." I know, right? Who knew? Oh yeah the whacko. Anyway while I was out on my run I realized it was Wednesday and on the way back I would see the local chapter of Black Girls Run heading down Atlanta Road on the opposite side they are regular MWF runners. I don't know why but that group is really inspiring to me. I love there "no girl left behind" slogan. I love the way no matter how long it takes, they stand at the finish line and support their last runner. Today they changed their route and I found myself running with them for the last 3/4 mile of my run on the uphill climb to my home. It was amazingly motivating to see them running together, encouraging each other. I tried to stay with them but I needed to get home and get ready to work so I said my "excuse me on your lefts" and passed the group to head home.
On good runs I can get a decent negative split even though the last 3/4 mile is uphill and the rest of the run is downhill and then flat. I did not expect that today, because to begin with I was not feeling it. I owe BGR for the motivation today. When my phone went off and told me my last split I was really surprised. I had an unexpectedly good run today. It goes to show you; you never know what will happen if you just head out the door.
What or who motivates you?