Where does motivation come from?

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I have always hated to run. I distinctly remember being in high school with our gym teacher Ms. Banta screaming at us as we were forced to endure four laps around the high school track. "Faster, faster, come ON!" was what hit my ears as I gasped and panted and sweat and hated every single second. Running was horrible. 

 

Once I made it through gym class and high school and out into the big world, I managed to avoid running through my 20s, 30s and 40s. I did get plenty of exercise, but it was from aerobics and other cardiovascular classes, hiking, swimming and biking. I would not run.

 

Then in 2010, the year I turned 50, my oldest son was playing with the idea of going into the military and he needed to get in shape. Not only that, he needed to start running since all branches of the military have running requirements. But he wasn't one to work out alone and he needed someone to go with him. So I volunteered. As much as I hated to run, I was willing to do it to help him. Isn't that one of the biggest motivators of all time? The desire to help our children be all that they can be? 

 

So off we went to the trail and the first time was horrible for both of us. I think I made it a quarter mile (if that) before I ground to a stop and strolled the rest of the way. My son was in the same boat as me. But two days later, I said, "OK, let's go!" He was not interested. Believe me, I had no desire to run either, but instead of taking the day off, I thought, "Heyyyyy, if I go and keep going, then when he joins me, his mother will kick his butt and no kid will put up with that and he will be really motivated to do better!!!" So I went alone. And I continued going regularly. It was a month or two before he joined me, and I did do better than him, but it didn't motivate him. In fact, it motivated him to stop jogging and walk when he saw a pretty girl and start a conversation with her about, "Oh, can you believe I can't even keep up with my mother?" 

 

I still disliked jogging, but it was something I could do for free, so my motivation became free exercise. I could just throw on a pair of sneakers and get moving. So over the past five years, with some big breaks when I broke my ankle and recuperated, I've continued to do my half-hearted style of running. I run, then walk, then run, then walk. In the last year or two, though, I have found myself pushing myself more. I was doing two miles regularly and then one day my stepson told me that if I took a different route, I could do a four-mile loop. I thought to myself, "Geez, I can't run four miles!" but the seed had been planted in my mind and I kept thinking about it. A month or so later when I was feeling particularly energetic, I tried the four mile loop and I definitely could do it. My regular route is now four-miles on several different loops, and if I only do two I feel like a slug. Recently, I was bored by the route and decided to try a six-mile loop and I've added that to my repertoire as well.

 

Much to my surprise, about a month ago, I was running along thinking of all sorts of things when I realized I wasn't breathing heavy at all. And then I also recognized that I kind of liked it. I felt great when I was done. I still do a run, speed walk, run process but now my motivation is to improve the percentage of the route I run with the ultimate goal of running the 6 miles straight.

 

But the big 'ah ha' came last week at my annual checkup. The doctor was checking my vitals and listened to my heart and asked me, "Hey, are you a runner?" and I said, "Um, yes, I run, why?" and he said, "You have a runner's heart."  And I grinned. I thought to myself that what I've seen as half-assed running has obviously made a difference in my physical shape and this makes me even more motivated to improve. I don't want to lose that runner's heart!

 

So where does motivation come from? If there is something we desire to do, the world can provide the catalysts needed to do it. Doctor's comments, stepson's suggestions or a son's needs are all external drivers that can help motivate us. But motivation doesn't really come from outside; it comes from within. My desire to be a better parent, a healthier adult and a faster runner, as well as my need to constantly improve myself are what are fueling my determination to continue in this sport I used to hate. So when we desire to change something in our life, all the motivation we need is right there within us; we just need to recognize it.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Kat

I stopped to bookmark your post . . . . and to congratulate you on the gold star.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 13, 2015 09:32 AM #48
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Hi Kat Palmiotti , When I was running , my motivation certanly came from within as I set my own goals along the way.

Dec 13, 2015 11:34 AM #49
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I found that the best motivation for a lot of people is internal. To each their own and blessings to all of them!

Dec 13, 2015 12:56 PM #50
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Larry had some good motivation as well! We all need to do something simple like go for a run now and again I suppose.

Dec 13, 2015 12:58 PM #51
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I don't run often.  I walk.  But every now and again I just take off and run.  Sometimes with a dog with me, sometimes not.

Dec 13, 2015 01:28 PM #52
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Pat - Thank you!

Lou - Thank you for the bookmark and your comment.

Larry - I think running is something that HAS to be internally motivated since it's all about pushing your entire body to do something hard.

Laura - Yes, we all have to decide whether we want to do something and then do it.

Tammy - Walking is also great exercise.

Dec 13, 2015 07:56 PM #53
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Kat, if Ms Banta could see you now she would be so proud of you and your Runners heart.

Nice Job, and thanks for sharing the motivation!

 

Dec 14, 2015 01:18 AM #54
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Kat

You post has recived a lot of interest . . . . way to go.

Good luck and success.

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Dec 14, 2015 12:07 PM #55
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Kat Palmiotti 

Excellent work. Great report. Could you do me a favor and run a bit for my heart too?

Dec 14, 2015 11:01 PM #56
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Last time I ran I think there was a pit bull behind me or at least I believe it was a pit bull. I may not be up for the running right now but I think I am motivated to start with a half mile walk and work myself up to something more challenging.

Dec 15, 2015 04:39 AM #57
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I love your post Kat! Sometimes it takes an outside push but you possess so much more strength than you are consciously aware.  I had my brokers license for a few years and didnt see a real reason to go totally on my own, until someone told me I would always just talk about it and would never do it.  That little sentance was all I needed to decide to go solo. That very day too.  Its funny the things that push you to succeed.

Dec 15, 2015 10:52 AM #58
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Bob - Interesting! If I knew where she is, I would have to reach out to her. She was probably in her 50s then, and that was 40 years ago. Maybe I'll do some research and see if she is still reachale.

Lou - Thank you!

Alan - Haha, it doesn't work like that!

Anthony - Good luck with the walking. I really find any kind of exercise helps the thinking process, and I have to say that a pit bull chasing me would definitely be motivation!

Annette - And you never would have gone solo if you weren't already feeling motivated to do so - that one sentence was just the thing you needed to hear in order to just do it. Best wishes with your business!

Dec 15, 2015 06:43 PM #59
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It is one's willingness to excel. To make a difference from norms....

Those want to take extra steps to push him to the next level.

Dec 16, 2015 12:17 AM #60
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Kat great question for me motivation comes internally but the impetus could be external, Endre

Dec 16, 2015 03:30 PM #61
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Sam - And sometimes it definitely requires a push to move to the next level.

Endre - Exactly; me too.

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Kat, I love this post of yours, and completely understand your points. There are so many sources of motivation, and then come the rewards - more energy, looking better, being healthier. A word of warning: once you start running and it becomes a part of you, not even bad knees make you want to stop!

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As a runner, you point out the joy of "doing it." The benefits are huge too. For me, the mental lift is an important as the physical benefits. Would love to join you for a trail run one day. 

Dec 17, 2015 12:48 AM #64
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Lottie - I already feel that way. I get cranky if I'm going to run and something gets in my way.

Debb - Yes, exercise just allows us to work through anything in our heads - I always feel better afterwards. We'd have to run in Washington - it's one of my "must sees" someday!

Dec 17, 2015 04:16 AM #65
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I'm a little late to the party here and not sure how I missed this blog, but I truly enjoyed reading about your experience. Thanks so much for sharing. 

Feb 28, 2016 02:32 AM #66
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Joyce - Thanks for coming to the party! I"m glad you enjoyed my running story. My new goal is to run at least one 8 minute mile. I've done 9 minutes and 20 seconds but so far that's the best.

Feb 28, 2016 02:37 AM #67
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