As a runner, motivation is so, so, SO important. Running is SUCH a mental sport. Your body may be doing a majority of the work but if you're not in the run mentally, it can be a major challenge to keep going, especially on longer runs. This is where motivation comes in.
There have been plenty of runs I've had to dig deep for and let's be honest, it sucks getting up at 5:20am every morning. Am I right?
So what motivates me?
-Remembering how I felt when I was over 200 pounds--I felt trapped in my own body!
-Being able to say that I've ran 26.2 miles--even if it's just once.
-Eminem "Lose Yourself". ha. This has seriously been on my playlist from day 1. I bet I've listened to this song at LEAST 500 times over the last 8-10 years.
-The high I get when the run is over. There's nothing like it.
-When someone asks me what I had for breakfast and I can respond with "10 miles". ha. ;)
-Setting an example for my niece and my future children. I want to be around for a LONG time.
-Hopefully BQ-ing one day.
-Knowing that when I started out, I couldn't even run a mile and now my idea of fun are half marathons.
-Being the best I possibly can be, day in and day out.
I could seriously go on and on but these are just a FEW of the reasons I'm motivated to lace up my shoes and head out the door everyday.
What motivates you?