Well apparently I take requests now! I have had a request to write about motivation, in particular in training for the Detroit Marathon. I guess since that’s where this all started I can oblige.
For those of you who don’t know I grew up in Windsor so the Detroit Marathon is near and dear to my heart, as part of the run is through my hometown. It is my favourite marathon (well, to be honest I’ve only ever done the half… but really the first half is the best part).
It’s an early start at 7am, it’s still dark and it’s usually very cold. I did the relay one year and I remember waiting, for what felt like hours, and my feet were frozen. When I finally started to run I couldn’t feel my feet for the first kilometre!
It’s usually a crisp fall morning. The sun is just rising while running up the Ambassador Bridge (which is really quite steep!) Running over the Detroit River and looking ahead on the bridge and to the east onto Riverside Drive in Windsor you can see a mass of runners filling the lanes and streets, it’s such a cool scene. This is one benefit of not being at the front of the pack 🙂 The course continues down Riverside Drive and through the tunnel back into Detroit.
The route takes you through cool neighbourhoods in downtown Detroit. (Yes, there are cool neighbourhoods in Detroit – It’s an awesome city… if you know where to go). The spectators throughout the course are amazing. Every year the start and finish line seem to change locations, the best was the year I ran the half and the finish line was on Ford Field (literally on the field!) where the Detroit Lions play.
Last year in an effort to get my family and friends to set fitness goals I suggested (some might say harassed) they participate in the marathon in some way. I sent out monthly motivational emails to get everyone doing something. Even those not participating got into it and did daily walks. The day of the race we had marathoners, half marathoners and a 5 person relay. Awesome turnout! And of course everyone, regardless of whether they had run or not, showed up for the after party!
So I thought it was a one time thing. This year I started getting questioned about why I wasn’t sending the emails. So I started writing them again and that turned into this blog. AND without my “suggesting” this year there are quite a few running again and some running a half or a full for their first time!! So exciting!
I am going down to Windsor this year but it won’t be to run. I am going as a spectator. As much as I like to participate I love being a spectator for this marathon. There are always many local runners. I get to see so many people I know running and I love cheering them on! Let me know if you’re running this year!
So if you’re registered for Detroit or any other marathon or run this fall I’m sure (hope) you are well into your training schedule by now. There will be days when you don’t feel like doing your training run and there will be days when your training run just doesn’t go well. Just remember you can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow – you choose.
I have a weakness for quotes (which you’ve probably already figured out…) so I will leave you with a few
5 thoughts on “Someone who is busier than you is running right now”
Lol. Love the quotes.
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Loved the “touch here for power” sign last year. We need it at mile 25 this year instead of mile 5!! Thanks for the inspiration.
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We lost a beautiful soul and human being on Aug. 29. Dr. Wayne Dyerwas a pioneer in the personal-development field and made a profound difference in the lives of million of people all over the world.
Here are 20 quotes of his to not only remember a phenomenal human being, but to help motivate and inspire you to become a better you.
1. “Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”
2. “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”
3. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
4. “With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
5. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
6. “When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.”
7. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”
8. “Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are empowers you.”
9. “How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.”
10. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
11. “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
12. “There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
13. “You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.’”
14. “The fact that you are willing to say, ‘I do not understand, and it is fine,’ is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.”
15. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
16. “You may have convinced yourself that giving is impossible because you have too little for yourself. If you are not generous when it is difficult, you will not be generous when it is easy. Generosity is a function of the heart, not the wallet.”
17. “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”
18. “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
19. “When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace.”
20. “When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out, because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.”
One of the best ways to remember people and pay tribute to their lives is to carry on their legacies somehow, someway in your own life. Let these 20 quotes from Dr. Wayne Dyer motivate you to become more as a human being, tap into your limitless potential and take time out of your busy day to remember a man that transformed millions of lives in such a profound and powerful way.
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Yes, Tia, Mimi started our mother/daughter relay run at the Detroit Marathon, a few years back.
I was there at the start at 5:30 a.m. with a down jacket on but felt the warmth and love from Candace.
As I slowly ran over the Ambassador Bridge, I knew you and Myrna were waiting, with open arms, for me and the torch.😀
I received tons of encouragement, cheers and even hugs from our beautiful family and friends, along the sidelines.
“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the begining, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world! ”
The post party was a great celebration!
Thank you, again, for your motivation! 🏃🏽💕
Getting Motivated is sometimes easier than staying motivated. Once Motivated, you have momentum. To keep momentum going you need to more motivation. What happens when you run out of motivation? Ask yourself why? Why do I want this? Why is this important to me? Keep asking yourself why until the answer bring you tears. Then you will find your biggest why and motivation to keep going.
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