I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that Olympic athletes are inspiring, to have that kind of dedication and motivation to push yourself day after day is awe inspiring! I definitely don’t have that kind of drive, I’ve never been a very competitive person. I exercise because I like to and not to beat anyone or to come in first. Occasionally, I’ll set time goals for myself, but usually I’m just happy with finishing a race – just the experience of running is good for me. But, these Olympians take it to a whole new level. So, when I got up this morning at 5:35 AM to lace up, which I haven’t done that early in weeks, I started thinking about my motivation to exercise and to keep exercising.
While running, my thoughts moved onto the company the Olympians keep. They must surround themselves with other highly motivated, positive people who give them support and encouragement every step of the way. I’m sure none of these athletes have gotten to where they are on their own.
So, who do I surround myself with? Is my approach anything like an Olympic athletes? I have a lot of positive people in my life. B makes it so I can run pretty much whenever I want, he doesn’t complain about having to take care of SP while I go for a run and when I get back he always asks how it went. That is a huge help! Then I thought about my extended family, while not all runners they are all active in their own ways. Most of my family members are avid hikers – it’s something we all enjoy doing and, whenever we can, do together. And my friends, pretty much all runners, and definitely all active people. On a recent vacation 5 out of 9 adults managed to get out for a run, we all walked daily, I went paddle boarding – it was great!
So, I guess it comes down to this – surround yourself with people who move you – both literally and figuratively!