I am now a month into living in my new hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and I’m pretty sure I’ve run more here than I did in the last 10 months at home (part injury-part life.) I’ve lived in lots of different communities all over the country and I’m always grateful when I can find the common ground in running. (Also church…and starbucks.) So now that I’ve met a few people, found the local running store, found one or two routes, ran a race, and will sign up for a few more–what does that mean for my training? Will I finally, after years off from serious training, actually regain the long lost discipline?

I would like to. My body and mind will be stronger if I nourish them with miles. I will gain energy. I will possibly fit better in my pants. My back will hurt less. So, what will it take? How does one finally get the intrinsic motivation to rebuild after so much time away? I don’t know the answer right now. I do know that there is a run tonight. I do know that there is a 10 miler in November (and a training program to go with it.) What I don’t know is how to re-fall in love with running. I want to. I need to. I want to bottle up the joy I felt a few weeks ago at the Chewacla Tri and remember it. I want to use it as a catalyst to move forward.

IMG_4680this sort of joy….

Have you had to rebuild? What brought you back? What motivated you? I’ll take any ideas. And I’ll keep you posted. XO.

4 thoughts on “rebuilding

  1. Hillary July 28, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Weight. Loss. That’s always been my motivating factor, then I remember how much I love clearing my head, pushing my body and listening to books on my Ipod as I lose myself in the run.

  2. Stephanie July 28, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    A few things worked for me…running for a charity and people I love-Athletes Serving Athletes. Running & giving to others has actually given ME so much in running. Yes agree with fitting in my pants and feeling better physically and signing up for races to motivate me. I’m glad you aren’t giving up on running.

  3. Mary July 28, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Competition. Wanting to be the best at everything. Unattainable perfection. I just completed a 3-day E license course to become a better soccer coach. It was invigorating to be around individuals who had a passion for sports. All I can think about right now is soccer, and I feel like I have all the tools I need to take our team to the championship…but at the same time, I have to be realistic that I’m coaching rec 🙂 Since coaching is leading, and my typical style is to lead by example, I want to be in better shape before school starts this year. Hopefully, I’m heading out later today for one of my first runs of the summer.

  4. whitney July 29, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    know what motivates me? YOU!!!! you rock. i just love you. that is all!

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