Today’s Topic for Friday Five is people who motivate me. I recently wrote a post about the people who inspire me and if I did that topic as suggested by Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia,I’d end up writing a very similar post. So, here are the things that motivate me to keep moving.
- My mental health – I started running to fight postpartum depression. I still struggle with situational depression and PMS. Running allows me to keep things in perspective and helps me to stay more of an optimist than a pessimist. I no longer need to run to cope with the day to day difficulties of being a stay at home mom to young children. Now it’s about dealing with the bigger problems that come with bigger children. Trust me, the running is still necessary. (And while running is still the best anti-depressant, a good hard workout at the gym takes the edge off. Good thing since I only ran once this week.)
- Bling – There’s a reason for my tagline. But it’s not actually the bling as much as what it represents. I’m proud of how hard I’ve worked to do what I’ve done. When I’m feeling down about myself, the bling is a visual reminder that I have the mental strength to keep going even when things aren’t going my way.
- Beer – Yeah, I’m just that shallow. Or perhaps I should say beer and my jeans. I love beer. I want to be able to drink it. I also want to be able to fit in my jeans. Running allows me to do the first and still be able to do the second.
- The opportunities – There are a lot of things I’d never have done if I wasn’t a runner. I’ve gotten to work some pretty amazing races: Nike Women’s Half and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half. I’ve gotten to go to some cool places to run: the Dust Bowl area and the Center of the Nation. I’ve gotten to visit Gatorade, run Ragnar DC and Ragnar Cape Cod, and I’m gearing up for Runners World Half and Festival. If I wasn’t running, I wouldn’t be in shape to do these things and I would not have met the people who brought these opportunities to me.
- This blog – Some days, when it comes down to it, the only thing that gets me out there is the accountability I feel to this blog. I don’t like to have to come here and say, “hey, instead of running, I sat on my butt and ate donuts.” I mean, sometimes that happens and I’m the first to be totally open about it, but there have been times when I’m sitting here thinking about those donuts and I decide I’d rather report a run.
What motivates you to run or workout? Do you just love it that much that you do it anyways or do you need external motivation some days? Which reminds me, I need to hit the elliptical today. Hold me to that, ok?