Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Motivation: Running

It's Monday, again! In the past few weeks, some fantastic guest bloggers have shared their personal stories.
What about you?  
How did you first begin running?  What keeps you going?  I want to know!
Email me (dareyoutoblog (at) gmail (dot) com) if you'd like to share your story.

My own love-hate relationship with running can be found here at Angela's blog.  A refresher: I don't necessarily love running, itself, but I love the challenge and the ability to keep going, keep trying, keep reaching for better.  Nothing beats the feeling of running farther and longer than you thought you could.

I've said before that music motivates me.  Make a playlist just for running (or other workout of choice). Let the music, the beat, the lyrics push you further.  Here's 100 Running Songs to try.

If you need an extra push, come up with a personal mantra to get you and keep you moving.  Try these motivating words:

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No matter how slowly you go,
you're lapping everyone on the couch!

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And one of my personal favorites...

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Want more images? Check out Pavement Runner's "Motivation for a Monday".  You can also take a look through my Pinterest boards for Fitness and Inspiration.

If you're training for a big race, FitFluential shares 7 Tips to Stay Motivated and Strong - Mentally and Physically - through Race Day.

Why do YOU run?  What motivates YOUR fitness routine?
Comment below and/or email me if you'd like to share :) 

12 comments:

  1. today is quite literally the day Ive planned to get back to the run.
    Ill keep you posted....

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  2. I actually started running about a year after I got in shape. My friend was doing the Warrior Dash (last year) and I thought it looked awesome. It was too late for me to sign up though. I woke up the Saturday of the event and wondered if I could even run 5k. I mapped out a 2.5k distance around my house and took off running, just like that. I did the 2.5k, and thought, hmmm I could do that again, and I did! That was the start. That start has lead me to doing 6 races. One last year and five this year. Best finish, 2nd (out of 700+), worst 37th (out of 3000+)!

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    1. WOWW Fantastic!!! It's amazing when you outperform your own expectations :)

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  3. I run because I hate it - I'm terrible and slow and it's frustrating and I want to be better!

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    1. Love ittttt. That's kind of how I started, too. I'm not particularly good and I don't particularly love it, but I do love the feeling when I'm DONE and when I've done more than I thought I could do. All for self-improvement! Keep up the good work

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  4. I run for my health, to be strong and healthy for my family and also b/c it's fun and I'm competitive!

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  5. That first quote...love it and live it. No matter your fitness level, the fact is you are MOVING. That's a positive. Don't get caught up on being at a certain level or speed. JUST GO! :)

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  6. Love these tips! I am not the biggest fan of running but I do try to stick with it! I'm always looking for a little extra motivation and think these mantras could help! I'm also a big fan of a good running playlist! Makes a world of difference for me!

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  7. I was a huge "I run because I have to" person a few months back. Ever since switching my runs to outside, I have a new found love for running. That runner's high is really something! I am also staying motivated by planning on doing a 5K pretty soon! Great tips :)

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  8. I always think that I run to beat the clock - life's too short to sit by and not take advantage of what my body can do now versus later! No regrets!

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  9. I run for many reasons. For stress relief, for my health, to stay slim, for the challenge of pushing myself harder than the last time.

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