Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Things That Motivate Me

With my 5TH Half Marathon approaching in less than a month, I had a goal for July to run over 120 miles. June I was under that and I was rather discouraged about it. Towards the end of July my miles were not where I wanted them to be with the wedding and other summer festivities which interfered with my training. It was time to push myself forward and get those miles in. The last week of July into August I manged an eleven day running streak which helped me get to 122 miles logged for July. This month I would like to hit 130 or higher. This is what I do: I set goals and enjoy challenging myself and my body. I want to be faster. I want to be stronger. I want to be healthier. For all this, I need to work for it!


My feet pound the pavement in their own private dance. Running is an intimate thing for me. I realize I share this love with many others. This is part of what I love about the sport. Being a part of a race, looking around at all these awesome athletes and knowing that I am part of their tribe, brings me a sense of euphoria. When I am not running in a race the road becomes my church. Here I am able to release, to feel, and to free myself. My head becomes clear of the clutter and cobwebs that get spun during the day. It is when I am out running by myself that I feel I am able to work on being a better me.

I would be lying to you if I told you every run was great. Some days my legs are heavier than others. There are times that I do have a difficult time connecting with myself out on the roads. A mile can feel like five as some days a ten mile run feels great. My feet are blistered and sore, never seeming to get time in between to heal. Each run is different yet just as important to me as the one before. The days that I don't want to run, or those days that I want to stop in a middle of a run, I dig deep for my motivation.


Motivation comes in many ways to each of us. I am motivated to be an example. I am motivated by my children eager to watch me take off from the porch as I set out for my run. Then when I return, the shrieks of "Mama" as they are running down the driveway when I get back to ask me how my run was. Those little faces, the tiny hands which grab at me, they motivate me. I want to be an example to them. I want to teach them discipline  and determination. I want them to know it takes work to achieve what you want. You have to work for it, and some days you have to fight for it!

I am motivated by the change in my body. The places that were once riddled by cellulite and extra skin have been sculpted and toned into muscles I never once had. Each mile gets me closer to having the body I want. I have several more miles to go before I get there; but I will some day.


I run because it is "me" time. Whether it is five in the morning or five in the evening, I find a way to get out there. I make the time since this is the only time I ever get to truly be alone. This is important for me, for my relationship and as a mother. I am not only working on being a healthier me, I am creating a happier me.

I have made a commitment to myself as well as my family to be the best I can be. I have learned a lot about myself over the past couple of years as I have fallen in love with this sport. I have found out that I am capable of doing things I once thought I couldn't. That I am stronger than I knew. I have learned that you need to have courage and search deep withing yourself. I have learned that we are all brave and fierce.

If you want something bad enough then you need to push yourself. Find what motivates you, go after it and do not let anything get in your way. Create goals and challenge yourself. It may not always be easy but I can promise you this; it is always worth it! 


18 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes! Love this!!! Running is really like nothing else and has helped me to push myself and keep myself accountable- you get out what you put in, no doubt about it!

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    1. Exactly! It is different for everyone. I always say you either love it or hate it. For me it has become such a spiritual thing. I put my everything into it and it keeps me sane!! You know, having toddlers can make you a bit crazy! ;)

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  2. So if your next half is in less than one month, that means my first 10K is also in less than one month. Ahhhhhhh!!!! Congrats on hitting your July mileage goal in the face of some really busy times!!!

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    1. Yes! Your first 10K is just around the corner. Very exciting! You will do great, you are def ready.

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  3. Great job on hitting your July target miles. I am sure you'll get 130+ for August! I have been shooting for 1000 for 2015. Last year, I was just short...bummer! It's great that your family motivates you; you are setting a great example. I definitely believe that pursuing a healthy habit, such as running, is such a important part of becoming the best we can be. Have a wonderful 5th Half Marathon Crystal!

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    1. Thank you Diane! I like sitting mileage goals. I don't always hit them but it gives me something to work towards. I am a pretty determined person so once I put my mind to something I tend to put my all in it! Good luck with your running goals!

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  4. You are inside my head, this is wonderful! Great job hitting your goal! Sometimes those days are hard but you did it! Keep it up!

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    1. Thanx Kristin! Yes, it is not always easy but ALWAYS worth it!

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  5. That's awesome! Congrats on hitting you goal and good luck on your half marathon. I love to run, but a few weeks ago was my last run (I think) while pregnant- it wasn't so easy! I can't wait to get back to it after baby is born though. I'll have to schedule a race to motivate me.

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    1. Thank you Tricia! I have seen your pics on FB and you look stunning prego!! It is hard to stop running when you love it so much. I was fortunate to run throughout my second pregnancy. I even ran one day over due pushing his brother in a stroller a few miles. What was really hard for me was not being able to run after I had Wesley. I actually went back to it sooner than I was suppose to but I felt good and I needed it! I agree, scheduling races is a great motivation! This always helps me to follow through too. Hope you are feeling great!

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  6. It is amazing the different ways that running can help you! After a run I feel great!

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  7. This post is actually really motivating! While I'm not a runner, seeing someone else's passion and drive to do something, even when it gets a bit tough, and to write about it in such a positive light, made me feel like I can definitwly apply some of this to my own life. Thank you!

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  8. Congratulations on hitting your goals, Crystal - especially with as busy as your life as has been! It's inspiring to see you make the time for you and your own needs - I truly believe that by doing what we have to do for ourselves we become better wives and mothers. .

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  9. Congratulations on getting to your running goals! This was very motivating. I am just getting into running again after a break and cannot fathom running these distances, but do enjoy the success when I manage to push myself a little further each time I get out. Good luck in your upcoming half! - Louise

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  10. Great work!! Thanks for them motivating post! :) I can't wait to go for a run this weekend now.

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  11. I love the "me time" involved in running too! Your posts are so motivational! Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

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