Motivation is a subject that interests me a lot – especially those times when I am sadly lacking in it!
Last year I ended up reading a lot about personality types (search Myers Briggs if you’re interested), and a lot of things started to make sense to me. Like why I wasn’t motivated by the things I felt I should be, but rather doing things cause I believe in them and they challenge me.
Perhaps that what I like about running. It’s not something I have a natural aptitude for, but it makes me feel like I’m pushing myself outside of what is comfortable and slowly improving.
Last year I ran my first 10k race and this year I set myself the goal of bettering my 10k time – and raising some money for a really good cause, Macmillan Cancer Support.
That last point in itself is really all the motivation I need to run my best next Sunday, 18th May. Every time I don’t want to drag myself out the door, I remember WHY I’m doing it and who for, and that gives me the push I need to go that little bit further than my mind thinks I can.
You can find out more about Macmillan and the amazing work they do over at their website. 98% of funding for the work they do comes from donations, and this work is quite literally invaluable to those people they support. If you’d like to make a contribution, you can sponsor me here.
I’ve been training since new year, including running 2-3 times a week (at least 5k a time), swimming, HIIT and yoga, and am really starting to feel the benefit of it. I’m happier, I’m more focused, I get less out of breath walking up stairs(!) Often, getting out the door and getting started really is the hardest thing, and from there it becomes quite habit-forming, in the best possible way!
I’m lucky enough to get to train in some beautiful semi-rural locations with varied terrain, which helps to keep things interesting too. And because I run in the morning or at night I’ve got to see some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
I’ve also been experimenting with listening to music (of the fast rock variety) to see if that helps me go faster/for longer, and it seems to distract me at least. Though I’ve had to start wearing a pretty fit headband (I think you’ll agree) to keep my headphones in my ears.
Of course, I’ve had to give myself some incentives for reaching milestones… like snazzy new running leggings when I hit 8k, and lots of pizza and/or hot chocolate for, well, just because.
I’m actually really excited now for next week. My experience of the Manchester Great Run last year was so amazing, and the crowd really carried me along – especially through the tough bits. Bring it on!