Mindful Movement’s beginner 5k program is 3 weeks in and going STRONG! I’m thoroughly impressed with the way this group of 10 amazing women are doing this thing called running. They’re showing up…early, I might add. They’re running in rain, humidity, and traffic, yes traffic, have you been on River road during morning rush-hour lately? They’re facing fears, listening to doubt, learning to trust themselves and enjoying the comradery of a supportive community.
Maybe you’ve set a goal in the past and given up once the novelty wore off. Working towards a milestone whether a 5k, marathon, advanced degree or other interest takes hard work, tenacity, and GRIT. Regardless of what you set your vision on, motivation is necessary along the journey. Being able to put the work in day after day, week after week, requires a well of fortitude. How can you stay the course and What’s this distinguished running motivational tip? New sneakers, grape Gatorade, skinny jeans, a race-getaway with your girlfriends? No, nope, nah, and a big German- nein! New sneakers breakdown quickly, Gatorade contains brominated oil to maintain the “grape-color” (a substance banned in Europe and Japan), skinny jeans become outdated in a season (apparently skinny is out and bootcut is in, who knew?), and yes, a girl’s weekend is always a welcomed excursion, however, these motivational tactics are external and usually fleeting.
The number one motivational advantage we all have comes from our thinking. Setting goals is an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize your potential. The work begins when you have to manage thoughts that don’t support your goal…it’s too hot, I’m too old, big, tired, or don’t come from a running background. These sneaky doubts are sometimes noticeable, often times not. If you’re not careful, they creep in and you’ll be organizing your junk-drawer, detailing your car, or ironing your linens, then…it’s too late to drive to running practice this morning, so sad…NOT (click heels together).
Signing up for the race is the easy part, consistently showing up for practice is how confidence is built mile by mile. You begin to see and feel progress. You run further and further down the road. You get a taste of endorphins. You listen to your “yes I can” voice more than your “who do you think you are” voice. Then when the group convenes and you hear that others experience these thoughts also; you feel at home. Feeling less alone is comforting and helps your resolve grow even more! In a world where it’s too easy to stay separated and alone, I’m grateful for this group of women who continue showing up, doing the work, and experiencing it all mile after mile, week after week.
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky