A little Monday Motivation :)

I came across this wonderful little article this morning and fell in love with it! What a perfect Monday morning kick in the pants. I just had to share. Dan has tons of awesome little articles like this on his website so be sure to check it out whenever you need that little extra push or pep added to your step!

“How to be Awesome When You Don’t Feel Like It”
By Dan Waldschmidt

There are times when you need to get hard things done and you just don’t feel like doing them.
Call it uninspired or demotivated — your attitude is less than ideal for you performing like a champion.

Which can be OK.

Just because you don’t feel like doing something doesn’t mean you still can’t be the best one doing it at the time.

How you feel about what needs to be done doesn’t need to impact your behavior. But it usually does.

You never get started doing what needs to be done.

You find yourself re-prioritizing, fiddling with other details that don’t really matter, and generally procrastinating until you’re out of time and have to rush to try to attempt to get things done.
And then when they turn out poorly you just chalk it up to “not being good at everything”, when the real reason was that you didn’t feel like doing it — so you didn’t plan to do it right.
Repeat that cycle a few dozen times and you can find yourself completely confused about what you want to do with your life and if you’re good enough to be the best at anything.

This is an attitude thing.

An attitude change you need to make.
The best way to feel like doing something is just to start doing it.
Not tackling the whole task. Not starting in the middle and working backwards. Just doing one tiny piece of the task.
Action yields more action. Results generate more results.

Momentum leads to success.
When you feel uninspired don’t stop and think about it — go do something.

The more you work, the more inspired you’ll feel.

It’s nearly impossible to do nothing when you already have time and effort invested in trying to achieve a goal.
You can box yourself into a “productivity corner” by just getting started.

You’ll feel pretty good when you cross the finish line.

Have a wonderful Monday!! :)

Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon Recap.

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Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon
Official time: 1:58:03

Luckily for this race I had a month between it and my last one, so I had a little more time to relax and recover before I ran it. (And a week of vacation too…) I ran this race last year, when it was held in August and running a completely different route. When I finished that race I vowed never to run it again, but with moving it to a cooler time of year and using a completely different route, I decided to run it again. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this run. It was a bit hillier than I expected, but the course was beautiful and wooded most of the time, with the exception of the start and finish which were in downtown Indianapolis.

This race, I felt really good until mile 12, when the sun was directly in my face the ENTIRE rest of the way. Goodness it was hot, not to mention hard to see! I was soooo happy to see the finish line. My love was waiting for me at the finish and I’m pretty sure the first words out of my mouth were “water”, with the second being “I finished in under 2, right?” ha seriously all I cared about, but I did!! My third race in a row in under 2 hours. Maybe this is becoming a thing? haha I can only hope!

Now I’ve got about a month and a half of no specific training, just running as much as I want to. I’ve found that I have to have times like that during the year so I don’t get burnt out on training. It’s really freeing not to follow a set schedule for a little bit. And now to plan my fall half marathons!!

11 half marathons in the books!! :)