It seems I’m not the only one gets asked the "What Motivates" you question. Elaine was sent this message recently and wanted to share it here on Roni’s Weigh. I think it’s a fabulous question and I echo Elaine’s response.
I know you have been running a lot lately & you seem like you have been losing weight by your pictures. I would just like to know what motivates you to get out there & run? How do you do it? I need to get in better shape but I just can’t get motivated. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
Thank you for the compliment!!…honestly, the motivation for me comes through the desire to be a "runner." I get so many positive responses when I tell people, "oh, I ran 5 miles today." I also have a desire to finish a marathon and that doesn’t come easy so I tell myself that every mile i do now will make the marathon easier.
As for motivation, I used to hate running. I still do sometimes!!! While I’m running, I curse the world and wonder why the hell I would spend my time doing this..but when I’m done, I feel so PROUD, so STRONG!! It’s hard to explain…perhaps it’s runner’s high?? I don’t know!!
The first two miles are the hardest. By that, I mean, going from a walker to a runner…until you can run two miles, it’s really difficult. After that, bumping from 2 to 5, then 5 to 7, 7 to 10, etc, is really easy. Sounds weird, but trust me on it!! So, my suggestion would be to make a promise to yourself that you will learn to run two miles, no matter how much you hate it or don’t want to do it….then after you can do 2 miles without stopping, you can decide if it’s something you want to continue. If you absolutely hate it and know that it’s not for you, I bet you will still lose a lot of weight just in the process.
Also, I blog extensively about my running/weight loss journey at blogtolose.com….go there and search for Elaine. I love that community…connecting with other women has been a big deal for me in finding the motivation that I need.
I hope that helps. Feel free to send any more questions!!!
Elaine – YOU are a total inspiration!!! And I agree with your running advice. For me it was the 5k (3 miles) once I did that, I knew I could do anything and going to 5, then 8 and now 10 has been much easier then I ever thought possible. It was the initial 3 that was the hardest by far!
The only thing I would add is speed. TOO many beginner runners, myself included, think you have to run fast to run. It’s totally not true. Find a pace you can maintain, if you have to stop to walk, walk as fast as you can until you catch your breath and then try to pick up a joggers pace again. You don’t have to run top speed to be a "runner". That seems to be the number 1 question I’m getting these days.
Thanks again Elaine and keep inspiring!!
By the way if you are looking for REAL motivation, check out Elaine’s photos on BlogToLose. She almost makes me wish I did bikini before and afters!
Note: I and Elaine are not doctors or trainers. The advice you are given here is just our opinions from experience. If you injure yourself or die of a heart attack while attempting to run don’t blame us, you should have talked to your doctor first. Everyone knows that. However, if you become an avid runner and lose 20lbs we take all the credit and expect you to let us know how wonderful we are. :~P