Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Five Ways I'm Staying Motivated

So, you've been training hard all summer and your big fall race is just around the corner. Think you can take it easy for a bit now that the majority of the work is done? No way! Now's the time to stay motivated so all that training isn't for nothing! 

Of course, I know just how hard it is to keep going at this point. Sometimes, a girl just wants to slack off and go to happy hour or sleep in on a Saturday morning! But I try to remember that a few extra hours in bed won't exactly help me run my marathon in October. 

Here are a few things that are keeping me motivated in these final weeks before Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon:

"Roar" by Katy Perry - This song is so catchy and it's perfect for getting psyched up for a tough workout. There are hard moments in life and in running but the only way to live is by getting up and brushing off the dust!

New run clothes - There's just something about a new running top or pair of shorts that gets me excited to log extra miles. My latest purchase is a Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve top. Now, granted it's way too hot to wear this one this week, but I have a feeling temps will cool down soon and then I'll get to prance around the Lakefront wearing this gem!

I also own the Flyte Tank in every color - it's one of my faves!

A bit of speed - I held back on speedwork for the majority of summer because I was afraid of getting injured again and also didn't want to peak too soon. But now, all bets are off. I feel strong again and my marathon is only a month out, which means it's time to hit those intervals hard. For a little extra motivation, I like watching workout videos on FloTrak. This one, featuring Brenda Martinez, is awesome:


Meetups with run friends - I recently met my Wisco Oiselle Teammies for brunch at Simple Cafe on the East Side of MKE. I'm by far the slowest girl in the group, but it's motivating to be around such fast ladies. Makes me want to be a better (read: faster) runner!

WI Oiselle Team birds - thanks for the pic, Sheila!

Boston Marathon 2014 registration - At the start of 2013, I thought I could perhaps BQ this fall. Obviously my injuries wiped that dream, but seeing the excitement around registration for the upcoming Boston warms my heart. My fingers are crossed for all my friends who ran a qualifying time and are hoping to get in and if I work hard enough the rest of this year and next, maybe I'll get to join them in 2015.

That's all I've got today. Keep up the great work, everyone - we're all just weeks away from what we've been working toward for most of 2013 :)

Let's chat: What's keeping you motivated right now? 

- ST

14 comments:

  1. I love the new Katy Perry song! It def. is great to hear on my running playlist. My Oiselle racing debut is keeping me motivated as I head into taper week. Racing in new gear is such a motivator!

    So fun you got to meet up with other Oiselle teammates. I'm hoping there will be a Michigan meetup, or maybe even a midwest meetup in the future!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Best of luck at your first race wearing the Oiselle singlet - it will help you fly! A midwest team meetup would be such fun - maybe that's something we can arrange in the upcoming weeks/months :)

      Delete
  2. New running clothes ALWAYS motivate me! And I am in love with all things Oiselle, that shirt is great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oiselle is the best and the Flyte collection can't be beat :)

      Delete
  3. That must be one amazing team if you are the slowest lady in this group. Too bad you were hurt and can't make your BQ. I don't usually run road races except shorter 5 and 10Ks for charity. However, after the last Boston Marathon, I wanted to make a BQ time for 2014. But time to train for a road race was running short and so it will have to be 2015 for me, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully see you in 2015! It's amazing to think we have to start thinking about a race this far in advance :)

      Delete
  4. I love all of these tips, Sun! I'm definitely guilty of letting my motivation ebb during autumn months as I kinda dreaded taking my workouts into the gym.

    These tips are awesome, though, especially the one about finding friends to join you :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think having friends is key - even if you don't workout together, you can help hold each other accountable!

      Delete
  5. Hey I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Details here -->>http://lifesbetterinyogapants.blogspot.com/2013/09/another-liebster-award.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww, thanks for the nomination - answers will be up soon! :)

      Delete
  6. I love Katy Perry and I so don't feel bad about it! I say live out loud and be who you are! :) Great to read your list! Congrats on the award.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And I agree - be authentic :)

      Delete
  7. Yes, I'm loving Roar right now too!! I'm also really loving the flyte LS too. It wasn't quite cool enough to wear the other morning but I went for it anyway and it is comfy and pretty. Now I just need to order it in the grey colour too...

    Thanks for the link to the tortilla soup recipe! Sounds delicious so I'm pinning it now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can already see I'm going to have to order the Flyte LS in every color just like the tank. It's just that good :) Hope you enjoy the soup - let me know what you think after you try the recipe!

      Delete