Even though running is very much an individual sport, it takes a community to help one another stay motivated and focused on our training. For me, I turn to a number of sources for my inspiration.
1. Social media
One of the things that I love about social media is the ability to quickly share our accomplishments with one another. I love being able to not only celebrate my fellow runners’ achievements, but those milestones also help inspire me to push myself that much more.
2. Honest blog posts
I absolutely love reading training and race recaps that truly depict a runner’s ability to face and overcome obstacles. Every runner is going to face obstacles in their training, and I prefer to follow blogs written by those who share all aspects of their running – both the good and the bad. At one point or another, we all have bad runs and face training difficulties, and reading a blog written by somebody who only wants to share the good that happens with their running is choosing to only share a glorified story of their running, which to me, isn’t inspirational at all.
3. Biggest Loser contestants who have successfully transformed their lives
I have been a huge fan of the Biggest Loser since its earliest seasons. And while witnessing the physical and mental transformations that many of the contestants go through is inspirational in and of itself, hearing the follow up stories about those who have successfully kept the weight off and are maintaining a healthier lifestyle than they did before they went on the show are just one of the many reasons why I will continue to watch this show.
4. Those who can’t run
For various reasons, not everybody is able to run. Some face physical disabilities that prevent them from running, while others face health obstacles that barricade them from running. I’m beyond blessed to have the ability to run, and remind myself of that on a regular basis.
5. Preston’s successes, especially in running his first marathon and then a year later completing the Dopey Challenge
Preston’s completion of the Disney World Marathon in January 2013 was my initial inspiration to start running. His running accomplishments continue to impress, amaze, and inspire me. Although he plans to take a short break from racing after next weekend’s Army Ten Miler, I will continue to use his successes to help fuel my motivation to push myself as hard as I can.
QOTD: What are your sources of inspiration?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!