|This is the girl who struggled to run one 12 minute mile, |
and when running I still feel like her though I'm 25 years older.
I recently found a new motivation to continue my weekly runs. I made the following comparison to my students. My 2 weekday runs= homework. Eating right/Drinking water= studying. My long weekend run= exams. My 'race' day= final grade. If I don't do my homework or don't study, I have trouble on my exams. If I have trouble on the exams, there is no way I will get the final grade that I want in the end. By making this comparison, I feel obligated now to run. I can't very well lecture my students on the importance of these things if I'm not doing them (albeit in a different way). A strange motivator, but it is working right now.
No matter how motivated I am to get out the door or how far I run, I struggle for motivation at the end of my run. To combat this motivation lag, I often think about how hard Matthew trained to walk. I think to myself that if he can work that hard to walk, I can work a fraction that hard to run. I originally thought that the image of him struggling to walk would be less motivating when he actually learned to walk, but just the opposite. I have seen how far perseverance can take you. I have seen the struggle, the hard work, and the most beautiful of outcomes. It is so inspirational.
I've come a long way in a year, but I have a long way to go to be as strong as my sweet baby Matthew!