Running is Humbling + Some Helpful Hints on How to Stay Motivated, Inspired, and Energized

Friday’s sunrise was beautiful and I was glad to get back at it after a rough Thursday run and a few days of celebrating Lynn for her Bday!

I’ll be honest, this week was a shit show. I wasn’t burned out mentally or physically, I was just frustrated with my leg still bothering me and keeping me from truly letting go and enjoying each run. I’ll admit, I let it get to me. I then had a come to Jesus meeting with myself.

I emailed my coach my workouts, and she reminded me that a few bad workouts don’t undo the weeks of hard work. That we aren’t elite athletes and that running should bring joy into our lives. Running is my passion and it makes me tick. I let my frustration with my leg get to me and I needed to do everything I could to get it under control.

So, I went to Cryotherapy, saw Dale my ART sports massage hero, stopped by Walmart to get a serious roller for my legs that hurts so good, called my chiropractor and iced my legs in a new way! NSAIDS are on the menu as well.

Really quick, the above is what I saw taking place in front of Walmart yesterday morning. A life sized Care Bear was under a black blanket. What THE hell?!

Anyways, I love to run with all that I am. Guess what, mental clarity and having a talk with myself along with getting rest and babying my leg resulted in minimal annoyance this morning and a fantastic 6 mile run!

Keep your joy of running front and center and don’t let the rough spots get in the way. Here are a few ways to access your energy while you’re running, walking, and living your life:

1. Clear your mind: Negative, repetitive thoughts drain energy, and most of these thoughts have very little basis in what is actually true. Become aware of these energy thieves, especially while running – when you need your energy most.

  • Think positive thoughts
  • Imagine yourself conquering your goals, running and beyond
  • Use the time to marinate on big goals or to organize your day
  • Or simply zone out, take in the beauty of the day… the sunrise, sounds of nature, fellow running’s out doing their thing, etc!
  • I will tell everyone I pass “good morning” or “good job” if I’ve seen them running a few loops. I feel good by making others few good. See how that works?

2. Relax your body. Energy that is blocked and stored in your body is a veritable energy storehouse, but it’s not a good way to store energy. Like a nuclear plant, it can cause a lot of toxic damage. Storing energy takes energy, and depletes resources further.

  • The real trick to managing the energy in your body is to let it flow.  
  • If you work to clear negative thoughts, you’re 75% of the way to relaxing your body. Notice the deep breath that comes when you release or transform a negative thought.
  • Gentle coaxing movement is the next best way to release the energy blocked in physical tension. Do body looseners religiously. Shake and stretch after you exercise, practice deep breathing exercises, and get some help via massage or physical therapy.
  • Tension makes it harder for you to move naturally. Release the tension in your body and you’ll be able to run faster, further and with less effort.

3. Inspire your spirit: You’re on a run and feeling “blah”. You’re at mile 18 of a marathon, and 8 more miles feels like hell itself. Your spirit needs some inspiration.

  • There is no quick, easy fix unless you’re prepared. To get prepared, notice what touches your heart, what you really care about, and what lifts your spirits. Then, put each one into an imaginary champagne bottle. When it gets tough, pop the cork  and celebrate that cherished aspect of life.
  • Another trick is to be kind to others. When your energy is leaking like a sieve, turn your attention to helping someone else. Give someone a kind word, some positive attention like I mentioned above.
  • Nature is another source of inspiration. Go to a place you find beautiful.
  • An inspired spirit is the greatest energy resource you have. Cultivate and tend to what matters most to you.

Feeling fatigue? Practice each technique until you find  what gets your energy flowing again.

Here are the best to try if you’re fatigued:

  • Work on your posture by engaging your core and lengthening your spine up through the crown of your head.
  • Lean gently.
  • Shorten your stride.
  • Run fast for 6-8 seconds and you’ll get blood flowing and you’ll see your pace pick up a bit.

4. Clean fuel. If you’re often tired and fatigued, look at the food you eat. Delete the junk, add in more fruits and vegetables, expunge corn syrup of any kind from your diet, minimize preservatives and hydrogenated oils, and save sugar for special occasions. Experiment until you find what is best for you, knowing that you truly are what you eat.

Good energy begets more good energy, so start wherever you can to clean up your energy sources and get your energy flowing. Stop the leaks and bring in what inspires and delights, and you’ll always find energy in you whenever you need it.

Take a breath, take care of your mind and body, put in the hard work and the rest will take care of itself!

Have a great Saturday! Some exciting news to come tomorrow!!!! 🍀

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