Friday Five: Five Things That Motivate Me

Hi everyone!  It’s Friday, and this week’s Friday Five Linkup with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia is all about motivation.  I really enjoyed this week’s topic because I think that every once in a while people lose their motivation to keep working towards their goals, and it’s really good to remind yourself what you’re doing all this for.  So what motivates me?

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1. My heart.  I don’t talk about this much, but heart disease runs in my family.  Eight years ago my dad had a very serious heart attack and the doctors told us that it was a “medical miracle” that he survived.  It turns out that this is in my genes and doctors predict that I’ll be dealing with this as I get older, which is really scary.  I want to make sure that I’m eating healthy and exercising so that I can can live a long, healthy life without having to worry about a heart attack.

2. The mountains. They were my source of motivation for moving to Alaska, and they’re constantly motivating me to get outdoors and go hiking! It’s really hard to be lazy on a gorgeous day here. And there are so many hikes within an hour of Anchorage that I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be able to do them all!


3.  Running.  This might sound silly – how does a form of exercise motivate me?  But think about this:  every time I fuel correctly for a long run, every speed workout that I push through, and every time I spend some extra time foam rolling and stretching – those are the moments that help me become a better, healthier runner.  I want this to be something I do for the rest of my life, and I want to make sure I keep myself healthy and injury free!

4.  Completing a race in all 50 states:  This is my sneaky way of traveling as much as possible!  There is so much of this world that I haven’t seen yet, and I want to experience it on foot as much as possible.  Whenever I feel like running is getting boring or I don’t have anything to train for, I start looking for a race in another state.  That’s exactly how I ended up planning a last minute trip to Oregon in a few weeks  🙂

5.  My husband.  He’s not a runner, but he completely supports all of my crazy running ideas.  When he’s not spectating my races, sometimes he even runs a fun race with me.  In fact, he’s never missed a race and he’s always waiting at the finish line no matter how long it takes me to get there.  Sometimes in hard races I just want to stop, but knowing that he’s waiting for me at the finish with a big smile and a hug (and quite possibly some chocolate milk) motivates me to keep going.

IMG_2214Throwback to that time we both ran the Ugly Sweater Run in Philly!

So what motivates you?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

17 thoughts on “Friday Five: Five Things That Motivate Me

    1. Thanks! And it’s the best trick. I feel like if I told people I was going to Oregon they’d be like “You’re traveling again?” but when I say I have a race they’re like “Oh okay good luck!”. At least that’s what my mom’s reaction was 🙂

    1. Haha it definitely does! I actually have a rule that if it’s sunny out I need to workout outside – either a run, hike, or walk (if it’s supposed to be a recovery day). It’s too pretty for the gym most of the time!

  1. Health is a big motivator for me. My family history includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease. I HAVE to build healthy habits now, or I’ll be at high risk later.

    1. Yes! I definitely feel that too. Knowing something runs in your family is scary, but it’s awesome we’re trying to overcome that. I hope your healthy eating challenge is going well!

    1. That is going to be a seriously awesome day! I feel like I should plan my last state to be something epic – like the NYC or Chicago marathon. Something huge and memorable! But knowing me it’ll just be some last minute trip to run a 5k somewhere random 😛

    1. Isn’t that the best? Well actually sometimes it causes me to get super frustrated mid-race (like, why can’t he just pick me up?) but it’s always so worth it when I see how proud he is when I cross that finish line!

    1. Haha my mom is always like “Can’t you just relax on vacation?” but I have no idea what that would feel like 🙂

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