Sunday, July 06, 2008

Motivation

People often equate pregnancy and/or labor with running a marathon (including Natalie Morales of The Today Show in the Aug 08 Runner's World). How much one buys into that probably depends on whether you've ever run a marathon, but one thing that is for certain is that both require MOTIVATION to stay positive!

During my second pregnancy, my two-year-old daughter came over to me in bed one morning, looks at me and says, "Are you mean mom or nice mom today?" That was a wake-up call! I guess I was pretty grumpy. So now I'm on my third and I am in an entirely different state of mind.

How does one stay motivated while running or otherwise? Can you see “the light at the end of the tunnel”? Sometimes seeing that n-1 mile marker or even the finish line is what you need. Of course, in pregnancy, the metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel is actually the headlights of an on-coming train!

So working out helps me stay positive about the tail end of pregnancy. I stay motivated to work out because I know how much easier it will be to recover post-baby. I stay motivated to push that HEAVY jogging stroller because it is making me so much stronger and faster whenever I have the chance to run stroller-free. And I stay motivated to race because I am just so darn competitive. The faster you run, the faster you’re done!

4 comments:

S. Kimzey Daniels said...

What a positive attitude!

Crumbs said...

Great read. My marathon was 2 years after my son was born and I just kept thinking: "I know I can survive 7 intense hours...just finish this in less than that!!!"

S. Kimzey Daniels said...

Only 7 hours???? I had the privilege of enjoying 18 wonderful hours while waiting to welcome my daughter into the world. Man. You know, as a runner you think, I've run through pain, I can do this...but that labor nonsense...yee-haw!

Crumbs said...

18 hours? That's an Iron(wo)man!!!