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What I Learned from a Yoga Instructor

I came to a very important realization last Sunday…

At the end of my yoga class, the instructor shared with the class that he would be traveling to New York for a yoga competition. He then showed us his routine. Wow, was all I could think. I wish I could do that.

It occurred to me at that moment, that  just as I was thinking this yoga instructor is amazing, someone else is looking at me thinking wow, that is amazing. Running is not something for everyone and running long distances is certainly not everyone’s idea of a fun Saturday morning. Although I have my struggles, miss my goals, and fall short of my potential, I’m still doing pretty awesome, just as we all are doing pretty awesome. Someone is looking at me thinking that my 13.1 miles in 1:33:38 is amazing, even though in my world it’s 5 minutes too long.

It’s time to appreciate what we’ve accomplished. Even if we don’t realize it, in someone else’s world, we are kicking butt.

 

I have to post a running related photo because it makes me happy even if I can't run :)

I have to post a running related photo because it makes me happy even if I can’t run 🙂

 

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Recovery Update: This morning was the first morning I woke up feeling normal. My lower back wasn’t sore and my stride felt pretty close to normal. I still won’t try to run this weekend. It’s going to be a weekend of cross training and tabata workouts. But my heart is starting to flutter every time I think about a cold Saturday morning run. I will get back out there soon enough.

 

Wednesday Motivation

“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.” – Unknown

Wednesdays are my day to take a breather, refocus, and mentally prepare myself to finish the week on a strong note. This is with respect to running, work, and life in general. Here is an article with 20 motivational quotes for athletes. I find that during the cold winter (and often rainy) months, these words of inspiration are quite helpful.

(Update: I just read this article and have to share it. Check out the top ten American runners to watch out for in 2013. The 5th one on the list, Bobby Mack, sells me my running shoes, arm warmers, 2nd Surge gels, and compression socks. He works at our local running store less than a mile from my house. How exciting!!!!!!! Go Bobby!!! )

Be amazing today.

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Running Update: Today was my easy run day. I can definitely tell I didn’t wear my compression socks last night because my legs felt heavy. Tomorrow is another speed workout so I’m going to do extra stretching and foam rolling tonight. Stats are here.

On a side note, please don’t whistle at me or open the window to yell “hey baby” while I’m running down the street. And if you could, when you see me coming and you and your group of friends are taking up the ENTIRE sidewalk, please be kind enough to step aside. Forcing me into oncoming traffic really isn’t safe. Geez. (I was a slightly annoyed runner today 😉 )

Early Wednesday Motivation

Today I pretty much had a meltdown. I’m not really going to go into why because that’s not what this blog is about. Let’s just say that I think I work really hard to be a good runner, I give it my all every day, and yet somehow things just don’t go my way. After taking one night to wallow in my sorrows and after watching this video, I will try harder and be smarter starting tomorrow at 4:45am. Tomorrow is a new day and apparently what I’m doing isn’t smart enough. I must train better… Read more

National Running Day – A History (sort of)

Today is National Running Day.  This day comes once a year, on the first Wednesday of every June.  All day long on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ I’ve been reading a lot of post about this “holiday.”  (Sorry runners, but I don’t think presents are involved.)  Heck, even in my Run Inspired. facebook group I put up a post about National Running Day.  I proposed a challenge for all my Run Inspired. chicas to post a picture of what inspires them to be healthy, amazing runners.  (I’m still lacking a quite a few response so if you’re interested, pleassssse feel free to respond to the group or to my G+ page and let me know what motivates you.)  Anyway, back to #nationalrunningday… I had no idea this day was approaching until it was already here.  I think I remember something about it from last year, but I’m not quite sure.  Maybe I’m getting it confused with World Run Day which happens on the Sunday closest to November 8th.  I love the idea of having a day dedicated to doing the sport I love so much.  But I’m so curious…

When did National Running Day begin? And who started it?

One would think this is a simple question.  Go to the website, read the About section and call it a day.  Wrong.  There isn’t even a Wikipedia entry on National Running (or Run) Day.  Every place I looked told me fun ways to celebrate the day or nearby running socials happening tonight.  I found posts of people reflecting on why they were runners, their running journey, or their favorite running routes.  But nothing on the history of National Running Day.  I tweeted to @runnersworld, @pacepermile, @newbalance, @brooksrunning, and @greatist in hopes that they could tell me something.  I got nothing. If I had to guess, I would say the New York Road Runners started the day, but I could be completely wrong.  I say this because on the website, for more information you can email runningday@nyrr.org.  I did send an email asking about the origins of National Running Day but haven’t yet received a response.  (Update: I have since learned that National Running Day was started in 2009 as a collaboration between these many organizations.)

Whoever started this day and whenever it was, I would like to say thank you!  Thank you for taking one day out of the other 365 to celebrate the sport we all love so much.  I love runners, running, bagels, energy gels, races, singlets, compression socks, arm warmers, Newtons, New Balance Minimus shoes, my G+ runners circle, my Run Inspired. girls, The Lore of Running, long runs, tempo runs, hill workouts, easy runs, my Garmin, Oakley sunglasses, Ryan Hall, Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Lolo Jones, and anything else related to this sport.  So I think it’s important to take one day and celebrate the thing that brings so many people so much joy.  Happy National Running Day everyone!! And if you know when this day became a holiday or who started it, pleassssse let me know!  I hate not having an answer to my question of the day.

I thought I would share some things I found in the social media world relating to NRD:

From Josh Cox: Why he runs

From Katy Thomas on Twitter: An interesting Beetles and Jay-Z song

From Runner’s World: A silly video of the staff running in crazy outfits

From MissMotta on Twitter: A very cool picture after her run

And finally, my run from today.  It’s been about a month since my last good run due to a peroneal tendon injury.  I love how the elliptical and bike can keep me in shape.

Garmin Entry

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

And check out the beautiful sunrise this morning… I can’t wait for summer break when I can actually run during the morning!

Motivation

Motivation has always been something that has interested me.  I can be motivated to wake up at 5am on a Saturday morning for a long run, but ask me to organize my closet and I’ll have to get back to you on that one.  The thought of organizing anything equals no motivation.  Recently on Twitter I have been searching for people who are tweeting about running and motivation.   Most of the tweets I find fall along the lines of saying: “Need to go running, but lack motivation,” or “Not feeling motivated. Send me motivation”

This brings me to today’s question:

What gets people motivated and how can they stay motivated?

Motivation can be defined as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.”  Right now it’s 10:24pm and I have 1 hour and 30 minutes to finish this blog post in order to not fail on my pledge, and I’ll be darned if I miss a post.  I’m motivated to make this happen.  Why?

Motivation is linked to certain brain functions.  Your brain learns to associate certain actions with certain rewards.  For example, a hard workout equals a glass of wine.  The wine is my reward and I enjoy it.  The reward provides me with natural reinforcement for future motivation.  Therefore, I become motivated to do the workout because I know the reward is soon to follow.

In order to stay motivated, you have to keep your eye on the prize.  Rewarding yourself along the way,  (such as with a glass of wine), will keep your motivation high and your focus sharp.  It is also important that you enjoy what you are doing.  Running outside is something I enjoy A LOT.  However, if someone told me I had to run on the dreadmill everyday, I’d lose some of my motivation.  I do not enjoy it.  Surrounding yourself with inspiration and your motto will also help to keep you focused.  I have a running inspiration board that I see every morning and it reminds me of what my end goal is.  In Boston, I had my motto written on my arm and it kept me going (up until mile 13.5).  You have to constantly remind yourself of what you are working so hard for.  Surround yourself with like minded people.  Discuss your goals with other people.  They will hold you accountable.  And finally, when you find yourself getting in a slump, immediately nip it in the bud.  Because as soon as you miss a week of working out, it becomes a slippery slope.

I’m always on the search for new motivation and I find a lot on YouTube and Pinterest.  Here are some of my favorite motivational videos and pictures:

So stay focused.  Reward yourself often. And surround yourself with inspiration.  It will get you out the door for those early morning runs and keep  you working for whatever your end goal may be.

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

And on a side note, I want to send my deepest sympathies to my best friends Emily and Tyler.  They unexpectedly lost their beloved dog Beans this morning and it has been a very tough day.  Beans was an amazing animal and I will miss her dearly.  Pets really can become like our own children.