Motivation in Print

Throughout this week I’ve mentioned that I felt great and happy at the conclusion of each run, but for some reason I had a real problem with apathy (or down right negativity) when it came to getting out the door. Whether I blamed it on the evening heat or the extremely early morning hours, I found it hard to get going all too frequently this week. I needed to find something that would give me that “spark” or motivation to get out the door.

Well, here’s something I found in the latest issue of Women’s Health magazine:

Let passion drive you. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll do anything to accommodate it. For me, sometimes that means running really early in the morning, sometimes it means skipping a day, sometimes it means running at night. You figure out how to do it.

That’s from an interview with Joan Benoit Samuelson. (In case you are unaware, she is the world’s first women’s Olympic marathon winner.) You can read the entire interview online.

I am about to start reading “My Life on the Run” at the recommendation of my running pal Melinda. I’m intrigued by “Paula: My Story So Far” by Paula Radcliffe and “Marathon Woman” by Katherine Switzer. Unfortunately, my library doesn’t carry those so I can’t just check them out!

While I maintain no delusions of ever being an Olympic marathoner, there is still much to be learned from these incredible athletes.

One comment

  1. I find it hard to get motivated lately. And so I probably shouldn’t be giving any advice about it. 😉 But I have found that once I get in the habit, I just do it, without hardly thinking about it.

    It was a bit of a shock to realize that even runners don’t always feel like running. But the dedicated ones do it anyway.

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