I just finished up a good 7 mile run at a pace of about 8:55/mile. I think it is my slowest pace in a long time during a run. I am quite happy about it. An overall theme of mine is the need for varying pace, this recovery pace is one that is important, but often overlooked.
As I ran my 7 miler this morning, I listened to Scott Jones AthleteonFire podcast and Weekend Warrior show. It is a big motivator and method of inspiration for me. Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about motivation a lot. Along with a lot of people, I go through periods of struggling with motivation. In trying to figure this out, I have been thinking a lot about internal and external motivation.
In a nutshell, external motivators are things like running so you win races, or because your coach tells you to, or trying to earn a scholarship, etc. Outside factors.
Internal motivators are things like doing something like sports, performing, because you love it. Also, maybe you feel satisfied after a workout, or are excited to simply run a race. This is inside stuff, motivating factors in your mind and body.
I'm not here to tell you what should or shouldn't motivate you, because I fall into both of those categories above. What I do want you to think about, is what is motivating you in the moment. Sometimes, a little push in a different direction can give you the motivation you need.
Right now, I am stuck in a little rut running the same route over and over. My fallback is the race I am doing in July and my need to prepare. Also, the podcasts I listen to. One I dragged myself to start my run, the podcast took over. I forgot where I was running and listened.
Finally, look for a good book to motivate you. Running books always do it for me. There are a million of them out there. Start with the ones from my earlier post here: