Saturday, April 16, 2011

Motivation....What to Do When It's Lost?


It's a tricky thing.

When you don't have it, it is tough to get yourself in the mindset to be motivated.

That is the state I'm in right now.  Unmotivated.

For a variety of reasons I won't bore you with but the most difficult part is this is causing me to skip my runs......which means I am not getting those endorphins we runners love.....which makes me more unmotivated.....

A very vicious cycle.

I'm tired - emotionally tired and that lends to being physically tired.

Obviously training for a marathon lends itself to needing recovery afterward....and I always tread that part - more so than the 26.2 mile run.  The recovery means taking some time off....I didn't this time....and I think that has added to my physical exhaustion.....and some tough runs....which adds to the lack of motivation.

As I reflect over the past few years, I notice that this feeling tends to follow a marathon....but not my half marathons.

Running and training for the 26 million that are fighting cancer each and every day is obviously VERY motivating.....but getting past the emotional and physical exhaustion is tough. do you all get yourself moving when your motivation is drained?


  1. Do it anyway. Do it until you want to. In the words of a very wise fictional character: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." --Jimmy Dugan. Just move your legs, your heart will catch up.

  2. Sometimes all it takes is a good, long look at that yellow band on my wrist.

  3. Your posts and story make me very motivated and I hope that you motivating others will help to motivate you. I'm doing my first half marathon in Pittsburgh in May for my brother who is battling a rare form of Hodgkin's Disease. I stumbled upon your team link and have been reading your blogs often. You are a huge inspiration to me and I hope to some day be able to handle my brother's cancer with as much courage that you have in dealing with the cancer struggles of your life.

  4. sometimes we just need a lil' help from our friends. love u!!! using Susan's amazing knowledge again...'you might not be able to do this tomorrow, today's NOT your day' xoxo's