I am in a constant state of searching for motivational quotes, pictures or experiences. This is not because I feel unmotivated but because I am banking them for when there is a need. Or possibly so that I have them to draw on towards the end of a scorching hot race where it looks like I’ve just come off a swim rather than a run.
Many people who are just getting on the fitness/running train think that it’s easy for those of us who have been doing this for a long time. They possibly think that marathon #5 is a cake walk in comparison to marathon #1. Or the 20th half marathon will be easy because 19 have come before. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Yes, we’ve done it before but life, and training, is different each and every day. Part of being successful with fitness and running is being flexible and putting in the time/miles no matter what. And a race is never easy unless you just aren’t trying. Sometimes I get a little snippy when I hear somebody at a race say, “that was easy”. After I heard this at a race last year, I spontaneously turned and looked at the lady and said, “well, you should have run harder”. Not my best moment, I agree. I realize that I REALLY need to think before I speak. However, she looked at me and said, “you’re right, I should have, I will next time”.
So if it’s easy, then it probably wasn’t worth your time, $$ or effort. If you are taking the easy route then you may never get where you are going and you will certainly never maximize your potential.
Not maximizing our potential is possibly one of the greatest fears of those of us with a few more miles under our belts. We work hard to see results but have to be realistic that we will eventually age out and have to readjust our focus and goals. So while you may be just jumping on the fitness train, we are running against time trying to be the best we can be before we start sliding in the opposite direction. So no, this marathon is NOT easier because I have more experience. In fact, it will be harder. Expectations are higher. Goals are higher. The fear of not maximizing potential will be higher.
I urge you not to settle, not to accept the limitations put upon you but to keep searching and keep reaching and keep moving forward to maximize your potential. Every day counts.
Stay Motivated, Amanda – TooTallFritz