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?