This year I’ve had a real focus on getting my fitness back. Now let me start by saying I always hated running. Even when I set myself a goal to complete a half marathon I hated it with a passion. It was about challenging myself to do things I never would have done in a million years…and maybe just a little ego with the bragging rights that come with the average person completing something that seemed so monumentous! I still hated every minute of it.. there was no love-hate relationship – it was all hate!
5 years on… I certainly have lost the running fitness and in trying to get it back, I’ve set a goal to complete a full marathon in the next 18 months. But my relationship with running has changed this time around. Some major events in my life including less than optimal work environments and watching once active and vibrant parents develop dementia and eventually the passing of my mother have changed the way I look at things. Running is now therapeutic for me. But make no mistake – I still struggle with it, it’s hard, and while I’m okay once I get going, the motivation to run sometimes needs a bit of a helping hand.
Communities through my running and fitness apps and running and fitness blogs have helped tremendously, but sometimes there is nothing like some good old motivational quotes and posters to get you going. Here are my favourite.
“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” – Fred Lebow, Founder of the New York City Marathon
“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.” – Doris Brown Heritage, first woman to run sub 5-minute indoor mile
“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” – PattiSue Plumer, American long-distance runner and US Olympian
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan, running legend and bestselling author
“Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.” – Sarah Condor, author