This week I have to shamefully report that I did not make it to my 25. I didn’t really do a long run this week, so I fell short by 3. Admitting this brings me great changrin. To help myself get through this sense of failure, I turned to the internet to find some inspirational quotes. Did you know that if you go to inspirationalquotes4u.com you can find quotes to inspire you for almost any activity or area of life? Examples: adversity, food, rain, winning, and cats. And of course running. Here are a few from said category:
“No pain, no gain” – Proverb (a classic!)
“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding” – Prefontaine (gotta have some Pre in there)
“Use what you have to run toward your best – that’s how I now live my life.” – Oprah Winfrey (although this one has the word run in it, I’m not sure Oprah was actually talking about running here)
“Fear is a great motivator” – John Treacy (is this inspiring running quote about running at all? Is it even inspiring?)
I’m beginning to doubt the inspirational aspect of this website. Take the cat section, for example. One quote is “If cats could talk, they wouldn’t” – Nan Porter. Not inspirational.
I’ve never really been one to get pumped by inspirational quotes anyway, but I thought I would give it a try. Running with other people has been far more inspiring, which is what I did this entire week. Well, kind of inspiring. Clearly not inspiring enough to get me to 25. However, Friday night would have been barely 2 miles had Chris not showed up and kept me company while I ran a few more miles. Running outside has pretty much killed all ability for me to stay focused on a treadmill, so having a buddy around helped.
On Saturday I ran the first of what will hopefully become a weekly run with old school friends, which should help me stay on track too, but more on that later.
For now I’ll leave you with one last inspirational quote:
“Bee yourself.” – Genie, from Aladdin
Miles run this week: 22
Miles run in 2010: 99