I must say, this whole preparing for a half marathon has its moments of pure accomplishment, adreneline rushes, breakthrough, and feelings of conquering the world, but those moments are fought for through discipline. When we first started out the training, I was motivated to get in shape, lose a few pounds, shed a few inches, and see my endurance shoot through the roof. I expected all of those things to happen within the first week of my training–HA! As these last few weeks of traninig have passed by, it has been more and more difficult to motivate myself into a run. The weather is hotter, dehydration happens faster, there are blisters, it’s harder to breath in the humidity, the house needs to be cleaned, the laundry needs to be done, and the list can go on and on.
This quote, posted on facebook last week by Patricia King, inspired me–“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” I was super excited and motivated for all the right reasons when starting this training. But, when results were not happening fast enough and the elements became more of a challenge, motivation slipped through the cracks. Sheer discipline had to kick in, and kick in fast!
Disciplining yourself to choose to run when the “To Do List” is long; the elements are not in your favor; and the couch, a bag of chips, and a movie sound better. So, “if you have lost motivation….lean on sheer discipline”–discipline yourself to stay the course, know those breakthrough moments are coming, and the results and success are going to be so worth it!
Note to self: Lesson #12 – “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” -Patricia King