10-14-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! I’m working 7am-3pm today so I was up at the crack of dawn literally…and feeling it. After running 16 miles yesterday, all I wanted to do was sleep this morning. Hopefully I can take a nap later this afternoon ;)

I found this quote and loved it.

 

I’ve been a little stressed recently. Obviously, starting your own business isn’t easy, but at the same time, I have student loans plus a ton of other bills to pay currently, so that’s been stressing me out. I’m in the process of applying to some full time jobs in order to have more of an income. Thankfully my parents are supporting and help me out when I need it.

Sometimes, I let stress get to me and I have a little pity party. But then I stop and realize the great things about my life, and that these things will all work out. I know I will work through it and be successful.

I don’t like to stress about things for a long period of time. I give myself a short amount of time to be angry, cry, whatever…then move on. Because will those emotions help fix things? No.

Stress sucks…but it’s Monday – new week to make things happen!

How do you handle stress? Do you get stressed easily or let things roll off your back?

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10-07-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday!

Today’s quote really resonates with me, especially with where I am at in marathon training:

I fear…not getting to the starting line because of my shin issues

I fearnot being able to run 26.2 miles

I fear…bonking around mile 18 again like I did in 2011

I fear…the Queensboro Bridge…because it’s a 1 mile long incline

I fear…being disappointed with my performance and time.

All of these things are going through my mind right now…and I know I should remain positive. Only 4 weeks left but I really, really want to do so much better in this race.

Of course I have a time goal, but honestly, I just don’t want to feel completely miserable like I did in 2011. I don’t want to have to basically walk the last 5 miles, and be angry when I cross the finish line. I want to be happy and celebrate with my mom…not end up in the medical tent.

But I have to let go of these fears! This quote is so true…and I experienced it first hand. When my mom and I ran the course 2 weeks ago, when we got to the Queensboro Bridge my heart rate went up. I was scared. This was where (in 2011) my downfall started…and I ended up having to walk part of the bridge, and then most of the rest of the way.

As we started running up it, I told myself to control my breathing and my heart rate would go down. Just take it one step at a time. People watch to make the time go by. Then…we made it over! I didn’t have to stop, and I felt fine most of the way.

That is an example of how fear holds you back, not a physical limitation. My legs and body could go up this bridge…but fear caused me to be afraid and have a mini anxiety attack. Now I just need to remember this instance when I am on the bridge in the actual race!

Whatever it is you do, when you find you are doubting yourself, ask yourself if it is just fear. Perhaps you do have a limitation, and you have to slowly work towards a goal. But sometimes it is your mind you need to overcome.

Do you have an example of how fear has held you back in the past?

Do you get nervous before a marathon even though you have already done one before? Help!

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09-23-2013

Motivational Monday!

I had a great weekend, and will be writing a race recap of the Fifth Avenue Mile for tomorrow (though if you follow me on Instagram you saw all my pics). Now it’s time for a big week of training…This is supposed to be the second highest mileage in 1 week that I will hit in this training round. Ahhhhh!! I hope everything goes smoothly, especially because my shin has been acting up…

Anyway, I found this quote and can really relate to this right now, especially as a lot of people I follow are also in the midst of marathon training:

How many times have you compared yourself to someone else? Whether it’s lifting, running, cycling…whatever. I do it all the time. I read about runners hitting their long run races in 8-9 minute miles and know I am still way far off from that. Sometimes it gets to me, and I get negative…but then…(going along with my recent How I Met Your Mother Addiction)

I remember the awesome things that I have accomplished. Sure, I may not be the fastest runner in the world (but I’m working on it and hope to get there eventually, cough BQ cough)…but I am training for a marathon. My body is running day in and day out to run a 26.2 race.

I know a lot of other runners who have been caught in the comparison trap…and we all need to stop! We are all doing amazing things. We get up to run, we run late, we miss things because we need to run the next day…it doesn’t matter how fast or how far you can run, you are getting out there.

Same thing can apply to anything. When I was lifting regularly, I was frustrated that I couldn’t bench as heavy as other people, or squat as heavy as other people…but again, I was in the gym…my body was lifting more than it ever has, and I should be happy with that.

One of my friends recently pointed out that we should stop saying, “Oh, I only did ______”. For example, “Hey how long did you run today?” “Oh, just 4 miles.” She said, stop saying “just!” you RAN. That’s what matters. (Thanks for this Alicia, if you’re reading).

So this week, I encourage you all to stop comparing yourself. When you catch yourself, think of the above Barney Stinson quote ;) Seriously though, just think of how awesome you are!

Do you compare yourself to others?

How do you remind yourself that you’re awesome? Leave me some tips!

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09-16-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! It’s a rainy, dreary day here in NJ…but I love rainy days, so I’m ok with it.

Here’s a little inspiration for you today:

Be awesome this week!

What is on your to-do list this week? What goals are you working to accomplish?

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09-09-2013

Motivational Monday!

Seriously, does anyone else feel like this year has been flying by? My parents and I were talking about how soon it will end up being New Years again! 2014. I don’t like the number 14…I prefer 2013 :-p Do you have favorite numbers?

Anyway, here’s today’s quote:

Screen shot 2013-09-08 at 8.37.15 PMI read an interesting article in Runner’s World recently about mental training. I’m training day in and day out for this marathon, but if my mental strength isn’t there, I will falter. This is evident in workouts, when I feel like I can’t keep a certain pace, or think I feel tired. Though it can be a good thing too…like last week’s tempo run where I went in feeling confident.

No matter what sport or activity you do…mental strength goes a long way. Sometimes it’s the mind that needs to be overcome, not the body. You may THINK you’re tired, or you can’t…but trust me, you have one last rep in you…maybe even more. You will surprise yourself. Obviously, there is a fine line between that and injuring yourself…but most of the time you CAN push harder, you CAN keep going and you are NOT tired.

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08-26-2013

Motivational Monday!

The last week of August…wow! And also halfway done with marathon training…where has the time gone?!

I found this quote and thought it was cute, and a good way to think of it sometimes.

Next time you’re struggling on a run, or just don’t feel like going, think about this! It always helps to reframe exercise in a positive way when you really don’t want to go. How many times have you been too tired to even want to think about heading to the gym or to a fitness class? Reframe it and think of how great you will feel all out of breath and sweaty…and you know you won’t regret it!

What is your favorite way to workout? I’ve been talking a lot about running lately, but want to hear about YOU!

 

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08-19-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! I’m currently on my couch doing a ton of work, but came across this quote which I love:

I was looking at “entrepreneur quotes” and while this relates to me and trying to start my business, it can relate to anything.

How many times have you said, “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I’ll start Monday” ? Well, good thing today is Monday!

What are you starting today, that you WILL keep up with for the rest of the week? ;)

 

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08-05-2013

Motivational Monday!

I found this quote and love it! While it’s about running, it can relate to anything.

Some days you feel awesome and want to workout for hours, and other days it’s the last thing you want to do. But you do it anyway because you know you are bettering yourself, and you know you will feel great once you accomplish your goal. So, whatever you are working on…keep it up!

How do you motivate yourself when you really don’t feel like working out? What do you tell yourself?

 

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07-29-2013

Motivational Monday!

I’m back! Last week was so nice and relaxing on the beaches of Myrtle Beach…now I’m heading back to work :(

But after a week of splurging (though I did run every day), I’m ready to get back into it. I feel bloated and probably gained 5 lbs! I need to re-focus, even though it’s hard when now my body has a crazy sweet tooth after last week.

I thought this quote was relevant:

The past few weeks I have kept wishing I didn’t gain a bit of weight, and that I could easily lose it. But I haven’t done my due diligence to really work hard to get back to where I was. This week I will start doing. Seriously, why is it so easy to gain weight or lose fitness, but hard to lose weight/gain fitness???

How do you motivate yourself after a vacation? How do you get back on track?

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07-23-2013

Guest Post: Running & Motivation

Hi everyone! Today I have a great post by Justin from Always Running Forward.

Sometimes you just don’t have the motivation for a run…let alone a long run during marathon training. Here are some great tips from Justin!

Running & Motivation

Running isn’t easy. You really have to want it to succeed. Running requires a lot of self-discipline, sacrifice and effort to make it work. And, even after you think you’ve found the perfect approach, running will turn 180 degrees and kick you in the face. Sometimes, it’s too much to handle and you just want to throw in the towel, and that’s when you need a good support system. In this sport of self-inflicted torture sometimes you need someone there to pick you up and get you back on track. This can be a family member, a coach, or even other runners who share in the same experiences (I believe the running community is a great example of how camaraderie is prevalent, even in the face of competition). After all, we runners don’t race each other, we race ourselves.

But, what if you are on Mile 18 of a marathon and there’s no support group? What if you are on a long training run, miles from home, and suddenly lost all motivation to continue? What if it’s 5 in the morning and it’s raining? There won’t always be a shoulder to lean on. That’s when we runners need to dig deep and find the motivation within ourselves to forge ahead. Sometimes, it may be a happy thought that gets you through the extra miles, and other times (from what I’ve heard are most effective) are mantras or key messages runners say to themselves to keep going. Finding motivation may be easier for some than others (I sometimes have trouble with it). But, I found some examples of what runners use to keep them going and wanted to share their inspiration through the perspiration.

Here are a few examples. See if they are similar to your methods. If not, what do you do to keep yourself motivated?

Breaking Up the Miles: Especially during longer races, breaking up the race into more manageable pieces may help to keep you motivated during the race. Do the math. If it’s a marathon, I like to break it into two half marathons with the first leg being a slow, methodical half marathon.

Run 1 Mile at a Time: Don’t think about the miles you ran, think about the mile you are running. Put yourself in the now by enjoying your current mile.

Focus On an Object in the Distance: Say to yourself, “If I can just get to that point…” Doing that will get you to focus on the race and not dwell on the mileage number. Refresh every time you get to that point. This is particularly easy for Disney races.

Find Something to Tell Yourself that You Believe In. Don’t say, “If I finish this marathon, the Cubs will win the World Series.” First of all, that’s not personal to your effort. Second, it’s just unbelievable. Instead, say to yourself “This race is mine,” or “I’ve got this.”
Some others:
· “I’m ready for this.”
· “This race won’t beat me.”
· “Another mile down.”
· “Focus.”
· “Speed. I am pure speed” (My personal go-to)
At the very heart of it, motivation needs to be personal to you. You can have all the support in the world, but at the end of the day it’s you logging in the miles and not every mile is going to be sunshine and roses. Hopefully, finding a way to make it just a little bit easier through positive affirmation or race day tricks to manage distance will get you through that next run. See you on the course!

Read more from Justin on his blog!