“In January of 2017, I became a runner” … Let me tell you, those are words I never thought I’d say. Fitness has always been a part of my life, but whenever anyone would mention running, I’d quickly shut it down. Can you relate? I mean, running is hard. Runners are known for saying it’s more mental than it is physical, but when I try telling that to my legs, they just don’t listen. “Hello? Legs? No worries, because this running gig is all mental.” haha. Nope. Running really hurts and never gets easier.
Last year, I turned fifty (which wasn’t nearly as scary as expected) and ran thirteen races (which was every bit as scary as expected), proving age is just a number. As it turns out, an old dog really can learn new tricks. Psychologists say there’s no such thing as a life plateau, so if you’re not growing, you’re going backward. I don’t have time to go backward. So this year, in addition to the 5k and 10k races Spring will usher in, I’m planning to tackle a half marathon. Quite honestly, my palms get sweaty and my tummy gets butterflies whenever I think about it. 13.1 miles is a looooooong jaunt for a gal who’s only been running for a little over a year.
But after a year of running and achieving some goals, I know I can do this. The benefits of running have been life changing for me. I don’t remember a time when I’ve had so much energy. The runner’s high is real.
At the same time, though, I know myself … and I enjoy a comfort zone as much as anyone. Currently, 5Ks/10Ks are what make me feel super safe and cozy. Needing a boost of motivation to run all of the extra miles a half marathon will require in preparation for the actual race, I started talking to other runners about how they manage long practice runs. Podcasts seemed to be a buzzword everyone mentioned. But I’m 50, remember? And I’m not very cool. So what the heck were these podcasts the millennials were speaking of?
Well. I found out. And I’m hooked. On this show:
When I run, I listen to his podcasts, and I learn and grow. I get so caught up in the stories and interviews, I forget I’m running. I find an episode that interests me, plan to run until the end of the episode, and then off I go. Before I know it, I’ve been running three or four miles. So, tip number one to motivate a good run (or a long walk) is to listen to Podcasts. Use that time to enjoy being outdoors while being inspired by someone else’s story.
Taking motivation a step further, I just recently learned about charity miles. If podcasts weren’t enough to keep me excited about moving, this app has sent me into running orbit:
Get this. Charity Miles gives money to YOUR favorite charity for every mile you run (or walk). The money comes from corporate sponsors who are repurposing their advertising budgets for good. It’s a win-win for all. There are 40 charities to choose from, and you’re not locked in. You can change your charity choice at any time. As the mom of two incredibly cute and amazing kiddos who sport an extra chromosome, my charity of choice is Special Olympics. Every step I take, I think about how I’m doing something to benefit talented athletes who consistently demonstrate true heart and sportsmanship. Love, love, love this! I logged 24 miles this week for Special Olympics, and it feels good!!!
According to Tony Robbins, the secret to living is giving. I completely agree with him. When we give back, it reminds us of our truest purpose and motivates us to be more productive. So find a podcast that will encourage you to be a better version of you, and then upload Charity Miles, get moving, and be a better version of you.
These are two tips that keep me moving. What motivates you to get fit and stay fit? Share in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
Just my thoughts.