Usually my inspiration comes from my own ups and downs in running. When a run goes great, I want to push it even more on the next run. Or when a run doesn’t go so well, I let myself know the next run will make up for it. Most recently, however, my inspiration came from four other runners.
This past weekend I was in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, along with one of my friends. The day before the race we headed over to the expo across the street from our hotel — along with thousands of other women all running the race — for a Q&A with Olympians Allyson Felix, Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Standing below the stage I looked up at the four Olympians and couldn’t help but be inspired. I wanted to get out there and run two hours as Kara and Shalane had done that morning. I wanted to be the mom and runner Joanie is when I am 55. And I felt the urge to head to the track as Allyson does every day so I can finally drop my half-marathon time the minute and a half I’ve been battling with for the past year.
But listening to these four women tell their stories about how they got where they are and how they stay motivated to keep running really left a mark. Later in the day I had the opportunity to chat with Joanie, which only inspired me further.
Everyone has his or her own source of inspiration. Mine is now these women, and whenever I need a little boost in my training I’ll think about how much they have sacrificed and worked for where they are now.
What is your source of inspiration?