Out of shape? Find your Motivation and get moving!
As I reflect on the past year, my training has not been good. In fact, I have trained less this year than any year since I started running. I have done no races. No marathons, half-marathons, or triathlons. Not even a 5k. And although I did some running in the spring, I haven’t run since June of this year. Let’s explore why.
2014 has been a busy year for me. My family and I moved, work has been busier than ever, and it seems there are always more things to do than time in the day to do them. Fitting in a workout seems impossible. As stress is at its highest, I haven’t made time for my best stress-relieving activity, running. That is, until today.
For me, finding motivation is the hard part. Yesterday, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across the following post from my cousin, Mike, combined with the picture above:
“I often am asked why I get up at ridiculous hours of the day to run obscene distances. The answer can be found in moments like these… …times when it is just you, the sound of your feet on the road and your thoughts. I am pretty sure that as humans we are not designed for interstate commutes, CTRL-ALT-DLT login screens and carpool to soccer practices. Running connects us to and allows us to participate in and be a part of our environment… …somehow links us to our ancestors as they emerged from the primordial soup. I run to keep my sanity, although it seems to many that those who run are by definition insane… …I guess I’m ok with that.” Mike Cuson
Motivation found. Today, I went out for a 3 mile run. Six months ago, 3 miles was my short run. Today, 3 miles was a struggle. But, that’s ok, because getting out the front door the first time in a long time is the best feeling in the world, and I know it will just get better from here. Thanks, Mike.
As a coach, it’s really easy to say “do as I say, not as I do”. Today, I’m telling you to do as I do, and reconnect with running, or whatever activity completes your life. Let’s make 2015 the best year ever, and start now!
USAT Level 1 coach
Photo courtesy of Mike Cuson