I only went and bloody did it!! I finally got to “that” milestone! the 15 mile milestone, albeit a week later than planned, but does anyone actually care? hell no! If you had asked me on the 31st December then yes I would’ve cared, because this is how I wanted to end the year. Unfortunately there is no accounting for old age, unfitness, laziness, lethargy, kids, Christmas, mince pies and fine wine … not necessarily in that order. I needed that run. I genuinely needed my head to catch up with my body and now that it finally has … the body has decided it’s too tired to fight of a pesky cold but I am not quitting! No siree…… I didn’t come this far, just to get THIS far!
So sitting here tonight having just completed some half-hearted leg and core work whilst trying to convince myself it’s better than nothing, I was trying to work out what my motivation was for all of this running. In truth, I believe that my main motivation is wine, the meme’s you see are so very true … I run so that I can drink wine – lots and lots of wine, but I also think that some of my motivation come to me after I started running. I’ve lost 2 dress sizes and gone from a 16 to a 12, hell! I wasn’t even a size 12 at school so this is a benefit I’m hoping to keep.
I’m very much a JFDI kinda gal … a “Just F&#@ing Do It” kinda gal, where you literally don’t think .. you just do!. There will always be times when the rain is pouring down, it’s -5 at midday, there’s a foot of snow on the ground, you haven’t watched Eastenders in months, the toilets need scrubbing, those fresh cream cakes go out of date today and need to be eaten. These are all very valid
excuses reasons for not wanting to go out. But you need SOMETHING to get you out that door, a little bit of motivation to get your butt off the sofa and who better to tell us how he achieved this, than one of my running friends from the club Kevin Tilley who has offered (ok, was totally bulldozed into) writing me a little piece on how he manages to get, and more importantly, stay motivated.
Read his story and tips here and feel free to offer up your own motivations too … would love to hear about them.
Until next time.