Inspiration comes in many forms. Recently, mine came from the legendary Garth Brooks.
Last year I saw part of a Garth Brooks concert on TV. He was amazing! His energy and enthusiasm were contagious. I learned that day Garth was going to be performing concerts in stadiums; I wanted to go to one.
It just so happens Garth Brooks picked the Boise State Stadium, not far from us, as one of his concert stops this year. My wife was a rockstar and got us tickets. This past Saturday we went to the Stadium and watched an epic concert by one of the greatest entertainers of all time. It was power! His energy electrified the crowd as he moved about the stage singing his heart out, yelling and soaking in the moments. It was hard to miss that he truly loved what he was doing. His passion radiated from him, through the music, and into the crowd.
He performed for quite sometime, ending the concert with “The Dance”. After leaving the stage, the crowd kept clapping and cheering. Soon Garth was back out for an encore. But, not just any encore, he stayed out and performed quite a few more songs ending it all with “Standing Outside the Fire”. It truly was an amazing night.
For a long time I have dreamed of having a job or career I love. I want to be excited about what I do....to wake up in the morning excited to start the day. The night of the concert, I was inspired by Garth. It’s time for me to go after what I want....to love to what I do!!!
I love running. I’ve done it on/off for over 35 years now and it’s part of my life. Where I find the most enjoyment is in coaching other runners. I gain great satisfaction in helping others become better and reach personal goals. I love working one on one with individuals and creating training plans unique to them and their goals. I love getting out and doing some of the training with those I’m coaching.
I feel I have a gift for running and coaching and have been able to help others progress and succeed. I don’t have a degree in coaching and have never coached a high school or college team. However, I have years of personal experience gained through thousands of miles in training and miles and miles of racing. I competed in Jr. High, High School, and College. I’ve also competed in many road races and have completed a couple Ultras. With all that experience, I am able to coach a wide variety of runners ranging from beginners to those who want.... to run competitively.
Garth’s song “Standing Outside the Fire” speaks to me. If I want something bad enough, I can’t stand “outside the fire”, I need to get in the flames. So, this is part of me jumping “into the fire”. I would love and appreciate your help in making my dream come true....to love what I do. If you need or would like personal coaching, or know someone who might, I’m here for you. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets get started. You can visit my “Enable” page on my website (instriderunnner.com) and check out the coaching section to learn about different options available.
I don’t want to dream any more. Let me help you in becoming the best runner possible.
Most mornings you may spring out of bed excited to start your day with a run in the cool air and sounds of chirping birds. There are days you probably can't wait for work to be over so you can lace up your shoes and hit your favorite trail. Hopefully, more than not, you are excited to go for a run. But, let's have a reality check. There are mornings you don't want to get out of bed and face the freezing cold. Or, work was totally stressful and the only thing you want to do is go home, sit on the couch and watch TV. As much as we love running, sometimes the motivation just isn't there and we choose not to run.
It's okay to have bad days, we all will and we can't run everyday. However, as most of you probably know, on days when you don't feel like running and you've still gone out, you don't regret it afterwards. Below are five useful tips to ensure you stay motivated to run even on days when everything is wanting to keep you inside.
1) Set a Goal
Having something to look forward to is a great motivator. Sit down and set a goal that gets you excited and offers a challenge. A goal could be trying a new race distance, setting a new PR, running a certain number of days in a row, or improving your overall speed. Whatever your goal, follow these simple, yet important principles ("Principles of Effective Goal Setting") to maximize your success in achieving what you set.
2) Get a personal or on-line running coach
Being accountable is one way to stay motivated. Having a personal or on-line running coach will make you accountable to someone for what you’re doing. A coach can look at what your currently doing, what your goals are, then put together a personal training plan to help get you there. Having a daily plan to follow gives you something to look forward to as well as the hope of improvement. A plan takes the guess work and hesitation out of training - you know what you’re supposed to run on a certain day and you’ve committed to doing it.
For help on finding a personal coach, visit your local running store and ask for suggestions. If an online coach would be of more interest, click the below button for options I offer.
3) Join a running group or get running buddy
Knowing you’re not going to be the only one outside running on that early, icy cold morning adds the extra motivation to get yourself out of bed and on a run. When you’ve committed to someone (or a group) that you’ll be on a run, it’s much easier to run. Check with your local running store and see if they offer group runs. Or, commit with a running buddy to meet up a couple times a week. If you need help finding a running partner, send a shout out to someone on Strava or start a virtual running friendship.
Running friends I think form some of the strongest bonds. It's amazing how much you can get to know someone in just a few short runs. Once you form some good running friendships, you'll most likely not be able to wait to go for your next run with them again.
I can't forget about our four-legged running buddies. Dogs can be some of the best running partners out there. Their excitement to go for a run is inspiring. I have a dog who loves to run as much or more than I do. Knowing I’m depriving her of a run, if I don’t go, is a great motivator to get out the door, even if I don’t feel like it.
4) Read an inspiring book
There are people out there that have done amazing things in life and running. Being able to read about their life's accomplishments or endurance through a trial, can give motivation to do better and be better. Even a well written fictional book has the ability to inspire and lift. One of my favorite motivational books is “Once a Runner”.
If you're not the type to sit down and read a book, you can listen to audiobooks. This gives you the opportunity to be doing other things while listening to books, like running. If you choose a good book and only listen while you run, this can help motivate you to run because you'll want to find out what happens next :).
Check out the list of books I have posted on my “Inspire” page for great options to start with.
5) Choose a reward
Nothing quite speaks to our hearts like a reward. Whether it be a bowl of ice cream, a new pair of running shoes or shorts, knowing you’re going to get a reward for achieving something can be a great motivator. Write out a list of rewards that will motivate you. Then, set a specific specific running related requirements you have to achieve to earn the reward. Requirements to could be running five days a week, meeting one new running friend, trying a new route etc.
Come rain or snow, I love to be outside running. I've never been one who prefers running on a treadmill or doing workouts inside. Sometime ago I was training for an Ultra and eventually decided to stop running due to a nagging injury. In order to get some exercise I ended up borrowing a friends road bike and trainer and set them up out in the garage. I started doing workouts on the bike and eventually bought my own road bike and have used it both in the garage on a trainer and on the roads. A different form of exercise, in the convenience of my home, was a nice option to have.
Most likely, at some point in your running career, you will have an injury and need to take time off running. Using a good cardio machine is a great option to stay in shape while recovering (depending on the injury) so you don't lose all your fitness. They offer a low impact workout while being able to provide high intensity as well. Cardio machines offer a solid option for cross training. They engage muscles not used in running and can help strengthen those used in running.
Let's look at some benefits to having a cardio machine in your home:
With the wide variety of cardio machines out there, here are some things to keep in mind to help you make the right choice:
To help you get started in your search for the perfect machine, I've provided the below options for review: