Motivation has been a huge problem this spring. Today was a great day for a couple of reasons, which I will share during this post. First though, I think I will lament on the situation a little. At this time last year, I was running nearly every day with at least 3 runs a week over 10 miles, one of those over 20. This year, I've been lucky to run 3 days each week. I've sought out several methods for motivation, but none seems to be working. I've had gentle encouragement as well as not so subtle get off your [butt] and get moving. THe thing that I've not focused on is the one thing I should be focused on, the reason I am undertaking this task again. JDRF. Finding better treatments. Finding a cure.
I emailed Ray Zahab yesterday and asked for his help. Ray has done amazing things with his running including a run across the Sahara desert and another through the Atacama Desert in Chile. Most impressive, however, is the work he does through impossible2Possible. This group takes students on expeditions designed to inspire young people to reach further and push their limits as well as to deliver powerful educational programs to kids around the world. I'm looking forward to talking with him on Monday.
The good thing is that I feel better because of something I did in the past 24 hours. I registered my son and I to do the Ridgway Triathlon together at the end of the month. I am going to run and tag him to start the bike. I will change my shoes and get a drink and then catch up to him on the first big hill. Then, we can spend time biking the 15 or so miles, and then we will paddle 9 miles of the Clarion River together. I'm certain that this will me an adventure together that we won't soon forget. I'm sure that I will never regret sharing this experience with him.
Tonight, I ran 5 miles and Bruce rode his bike along with me. It was a nice jaunt and the weather turned out to be really perfect. In the last two days, we've seen bright sun, wind, rain, sleet, snow. This afternoon was wonderful. I also am enjoying the emotions Bruce is going through already. I can remember my first time at Ridgway and I was in my 30's. I hope that I can be supportive enough to make it great for him. I think the only thing that can booger it up would be bad weather on event day. Otherwise, we'll have a ball.
So, the motivation is here and I feel good physically and mentally. Yahoo!
God is so good to me.