Running Motivation

Last weekend I was scrolling through Twitter on my phone, as Barry drove us home from the rodeo. I came across an article posted by Runner’s World that had a compilation of motivational posters. You know I’m a sucker for these. Earlier this year I even made a bunch of my own motivational posters.

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Of course, I had to choose my favorite from the Runner’s World ones and now I’m going to share them with you! This first one is so true. For me, it is especially true of my first full marathon:

Runner's World Running Motivation

Running is as much a physical challenge as it is a mental challenge. At times, I think the mental part can carry more weight:

Runner's World Running Motivation

One thing I love about running is that the rest of the world often melts away during a run. It doesn’t matter if I have a million things to do when I get back from a run. While I’m out there on the trail, time just ceases to exist:

Runner's World Running Motivation

If I hadn’t ever started running and doing races, I may not have seen all the towns and the trails they have to offer. As I get more into trail running, I’m discovering even more adventures:

Runner's World Running Motivation

Through running and through this blog, I have made some amazing connections and friends both online and in real life. There’s nothing like sharing miles of conversation with a friend on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Runner's World Running Motivation

Some days you lack motivation (hopefully not today with all of these great posters!). On those days, I try and think about how good it feels when a run is in the books:

Runner's World Running Motivation

The next quote from Kara Goucher is good to keep in mind when you’re training for a big race. Often, training for a half or full marathon, or other endurance events, involves weeks of training. It’s rare that you’re able to follow that beautiful training plan to a T. But that’s alright. It’s important to train smart, listen to your body, and realize that minor setbacks are not going to ruin everything:

Runner's World Running Motivation

Finally, I leave you with this nugget. For whatever reason, I have dubbed 2014 as my “race palooza” year. Barring injuries or other catastrophes, I intend to run any and all races that my heart desires. I’m off to a good start so far. I love running races because I get a rush whether my goal is to PR or just to finish. I love the atmosphere, the community, and the amazing opportunity to explore new places on foot. Plus, having a race on the calendar often gives my training a sense of purpose.

Runner's World Running Motivation

I hope you’re feeling motivated after all of that! The slideshow on Runner’s World has 95 total, so you can definitely get your fill of motivation there. Now get out there and kick some butt!

Do you like clicking through motivational posters like these?
Who is racing this weekend?
Good luck!!

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  1. I love your idea of running all the races you want to! I think I need to try that 🙂

    No races for me this weekend…
    JoAnne recently posted…Seen on the runMy Profile

    1. You should try it! It’s lot of fun. The only rule is you kind of have to relax on a lot of them. You can’t go for a PR at each one the way you would when you only had a few key races during the year.

  2. I love these! Thanks for posting, Meagan!
    Amy recently posted…Hiking Willow Gulch, Escalante, UtahMy Profile

    1. You’re welcome! Glad you liked them.

  3. I get caught up in these motivational posters too. You picked out some really good ones. Virtual race on Sunday, just taking it nice and easy.
    The running schlub recently posted…It’s How HOT?!??!?!My Profile

    1. Enjoy the virtual race!

  4. Motivational posters can get a little sappy. None the less, they do help inspire me. if for no other reason, I sometimes get a good laugh out of them.

    No race this weekend but I will be checking out the route for the OBX Marathon in November. It’s the Beach, Baby!

    LUD.

    1. Some of them can be funny because they’re over the top. Enjoy the beach! I’ve always had that Flying Pirate race on my radar….

  5. Those are awesome!! I love these quotes, too. I share them on our local running Facebook group all the time. When we started our C25k group, I warned them that I’d be bombarding them w/ tons of quotes! Do you get the Runner’s World emails? They send a motivational quote every day. I love them!
    jan recently posted…Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies with BEANS of All ThingsMy Profile

    1. I bet your C25K group looked forward to their dose of motivation via Facebook! No I don’t get the RW emails… I’ll have to look into that!

  6. During my last race, I was reminded of how great it is just to know you finished a tough race!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…First and Last in a 50K RaceMy Profile

    1. I bet! Adding 8-9 miles to a race that’s already longer than a marathon will do that to you 🙂

  7. these are some awesome ones! you can always count on ms. kara g to supply a great quote. 🙂

    1. Yes, Kara always has good quotes!

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