Motivation Monday/Tuesday

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Articles, Music

Yes, this is the view from my cottage. I got to lie on that deck all day yesterday 🙂 Lucky girl I am, I know.

Did you all have a good Memorial Day? I did! In fact, I took a vacation from a lot of life’s little crazies yesterday. I got in a few good workouts, laid in the sun, read, and barely bothered with my phone all day. It was glorious. But back to reality now… despite it still being sunny and high 70s and me having to sit in a cubicle… Ergh.

I visited the PT on Friday… here’s what I have to report: I have a classic case of Runner’s Knee. Yeah. Cool. The prescription for that? Find out what’s causing it. Are my hips uneven? (I’ve been told they are…) Is my running form bad? Is it because of low-back problems? Past injuries? Now I’m no doctor, but I have a strong feeling it’s a little bit of everything. Therefore, I’ll be going to PT on and off for a bit to learn how to correct it all. I vow to be diligent in doing my exercises. I need to do this. I need to get better!

And I need motivation. 

With perfect timing, I found this article last week during my “I’m down on myself because I’m injured” moments. God is good… and sends little things like this. (Side note: I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe in this quote, “A coincidence is a small miracle is which God wishes to remain anonymous.”) Races, workouts, getting over injuries—when it comes down to it, they’re all mental battles. This woman confirms that with a really inspirational story and some really good mental toughness advice.

Three Fitness Trends that Need to be Simplified, brought to you by my fav fitness blogger Charlotte. One of my fav parts of the article is near the end when Charlotte is talking about trying to kick her sugar habit and how we all have one food habit that’s hard to break despite us not feeling well when we eat that food (mine is dairy—I love it, but I’m pretty sure I have a lactose intolerance. No, I haven’t been tested; Yes, I prolly should be.). It’s rough, but what she says is so true and we all need to remember this when we complain: This is not hard; quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Giving up my multiple-servings-of-dairy-a-day habit is not that hard.

More yoga moves for runners—sure, I’m currently not running 5+ miles an outing like I was, but I really need to loosen up my battered muscles and I’m rockin’ yoga these days.  

What do I do when I feel the need to snack and have no motivation? I check out websites that feature bodybuilders and boxers and pro athletes, because ya know what? Those peoples’ drive, determination, and fitness levels (and yes, their crazy bodies) motivate me to put down the chocolate and take a breath. Then they make me want to get into the gym and try their workouts. Examples: MMA fighter Randy Couture and female bodybuilder Pauline Nordin. (Note: I do not wish to be a bodybuilder, nor look exactly like one, but let’s be honest—their willpower and training skills are mad hardcore! 

I’m finally (FINALLY!) reading BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall and am obsessed. As in, I wish I had time to pound it out in one day. It a time where amping up my running has led to me being constantly injured, it’s got me thinking—maybe it’s not my training, maybe it’s my bad running form and shoes! I’ve been reading about and contemplating getting FiveFingers for a while now and after this book and this interview with Chris, I’m really prolly gonna try them.

Song of the Moment:
Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo

Quote of the Day:
“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham, “Tools and Rules,” Runner’s World

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