Staying motivated

How do you stay motivated to run for so many years? That is a question I am often asked. My first answer would be, it makes me feel better. It empowers me, gives me strength to deal with what life has to offer. It is my passion and it is who I am. I am a runner. Take that away from me, and I would lose a piece of myself.

My second answer would be; it is not as easy as it looks. Yes, there are days I wander the house, dressed in my running clothes, trying to get myself motivated to go out the door. That is especially true on those freezing cold winter days. But once I put one foot in front of the other, that familiar feeling of freedom and joy returns. Some days I trudge through a run, but I am always happier when I get home and proud of myself for doing it. Other days, I feel as though I am floating through my runs on the days when all that training seem to pay off. Both the good days and the bad days have their own rewards. The motivation to run for so many years? Happiness.

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