Morning Motivation

 

Discipline means understanding and respecting the difference between what you want now and what you want most.

In the wee hours of the morning, sometimes I think I want to sleep more than I want to get up and run. My sleepy animal brain may not know it, but I really ultimately want to run. So I do.

 

If it hurts to walk, and it hurts to run, then run.

Solid advice I read somewhere from an ultrarunner.

 

Often enough, courage will save a man, if his courage holds.

This one got me through the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. It was handwritten on the back of the shirt of someone in front of me. Knowing that I had the New York Marathon the very next week, I was facing a lot more than 26.2 miles that day and courage got me through.

 

Each new day is another chance to be great.

I doubt that this is original to me, but it’s less a quote and more of a description of the way I feel each afternoon when I start dreaming about the next morning’s run.

 

Look at how far you’ve come, not how far you have left to go.

It’s easy to feel defeated at mile 18 of a marathon.There are eight punishing miles left. But those miles are only going to be tough because of the 18 already behind you. Focus on that accomplishment and let it inspire you to finish the race. The first 18 miles probably seemed impossible at some point, too.

 

Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results.

Translation: shut up and get to work.

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