I recently posted some of my own motivation on my Facebook page. It got a pretty good response so I thought I’d share it with you today.
It was only in March 2012 that I took up running regularly. A woman shouted out of her car window “hurry up fat arse.”
I thought for a second about turning around, walking home, locking the door and never running again. It was Bear Grylis that said “Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” So I kept trying.
I couldn’t run around the block without stopping three times. I remember them well. Once at the office block, once at the pub and once up the bank back to my house. The feeling of not being able to breath was awful. I was also temporarily admitting defeat, which was hard to take. I still fit that route in sometimes and I pass these three points and smile.
I think to myself, I wonder how many times has that woman shouted similar things to other people and they’ve given up? To an unfit Mother or Father trying to make a difference in their lives by turning to health and fitness. Just like I was.
Motivation can come in many forms. Music, videos, quotes, pictures, a health scare, a family loss. For me, part of my motivation is still running past that point near the shops. I turned that negative into a positive and I still use it today. If you’ve ever had a similar experience and you did turn around and lock that door, unlock it now and try again. I’ve gone from zero miles to potentially running 37 in the space of 21 months. Just think what you could achieve.
So I say to the woman in the car “I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name but thank-you.”