I've officially signed up for the Music City 1/2 Marathon & I'm actually excited! I've always been a "kinda runner." I would run a few times a week for a couple months, but then go a couple months without running. Now I'm actually feeling like a runner and have had a lot of fun experiences while training (don't let me mislead you though, I've had some miserable ones too).
I love the way my body becomes a machine during and after a long run. It tells me what it wants and doesn't want. I love eating like a runner -- thats one of the best parts! Its funny what I crave after a run. One day after a long run I was really craving not water, but a beer. I thought I was crazy, but apparently the carbon dioxide helps quench thirst faster and the carbs are an obvious desire. Needless to say, I drank one and was surprising satisfied.
I love running with people. It makes all the difference for an ENFP like myself. Runs without friends are quickly boring and lonely and I hardly stay motivated. Thats why my Wednesday runs are so great -- I run with 90+ other runners through a community running group, East Nasty. I'm new to the group, but I'm loving it! (Do you have a running club in your neck of the woods? If yes, join it. If no, start one!)
When I'm running in East Nashville, I often wish I had my camera with me! Oh the things I wish I could show you -- like the shirtless man running with 5 German Shepherds tied to his waist, or the lady sitting on her front porch with her Chow-chow at her side and her rather large Macaw perched on her shoulder (which actually whistled at me as I ran by), or the old woman pushing a vintage carriage with 3 Chihuahua inside, or the two giant buzzards basking on the curb, or just yesterday when I saw a man walking his dog -- normal enough, except for the 24oz. beer can in the dog's mouth!
There's a lot about running that I still don't love & I still have to literally kick myself out the door some days, but it's all worth it. Just knowing I am accomplishing something I set out to do for myself is great motivation -- the macaws and beer drinking dogs are just the perks!
What motivates you?