Why Do I Run

Why do you run?  What motivates you?

As thousands of runners line up before a race, I often ask myself, “What motivates these people to run? What drives them?” I’m sure each one will have a different answer.

I just recently learned that there are actually two kinds of motivation.

First, when we want to avoid pain or something unpleasant, that is what you call “away from” motivation. For example, “I run so that I don’t become hypertensive.” The motivation is to avoid becoming hypertensive.

The second type is achieving a goal or what is called “towards” motivation.  This is when we are driven to do something enjoyable or gratifying.  For example, “I run to qualify for the Milo finals.” You are driven to be successful.

When I first started running, it was because my doctor told me so.

  • I run for good health.
  • I run because I’m thankful that I can run.
  • I run because I have the opportunity to do so and I’m enjoying it while I still can.

Yesterday, I saw this Gatorade poster of Coach Ani de Leon-Brown.  Wow.  Look at those abs!

I want those abs.  Can that be my motivation?  A “towards” motivation: I run so I can have Coach Ani’s abs. Why not, right? Haha!

Here are my photos with Coach Ani after I finished the 10K race of Run United 2. My hair and shirt are still wet from sweat.  Eew.  lol.

How about you, what motivates you? Identify, write it down, and remind yourself often.  I encourage you to reflect on it.  Have fun!

Bull Session 3: Prudence

Prudence.  Acting with or showing care and thought for the future.  The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.

I don’t know why but every time I have a scheduled run, I have these imagined fevers and stomach aches.  This morning, I had them again. But then the word PRUDENCE came to my mind.  “That’s correct,” I said.  I will run a marathon in February so I better prepare hard for it.  No excuses.  Prudence.  That’s the word that kept me running for two hours.

This morning, my siblings and I drove to Track 30th at BGC for the third Bull Session.  It was still very dark at 5am but the runners were eager and ready.  The run was part of the TBR Dream Marathon 2013 training program.  We were divided into three groups: 4-1 (4 minute run, 1 minute walk), 3-1, and 2-1.  I joined the 2-1 group.

Slow and steady pace.  By the end of two hours, we were able to run-walk for 14.5 kilometers.  I was tired but not exhausted.  It was a nice workout.  And I was so glad I ran and finished.  As they say, “You never regret the workout you did.” 

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Simple Gifts, Great Motivation

Last Saturday, 2 packages were delivered to my doorstep.  My sister-in-law sent me 6 pairs of Reebok socks. Yippee!  I like the colors.  I wore a pair last night for my 80-minute run and they were really comfortable. Thanks!

The other package was from my sister and it contained a book by Dean Karnazes, RUN! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.  I’ve already read the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man so I knew RUN! would be another good read.  I’m already half-way through it.  It’s really easy to read and very funny! It’s also very deep, I should say, it gave me the inspiration I needed.

I’d like to quote from the chapter Run for the Hills:

I explained to her that I trained my body and mind diligently.  I relentlessly condition and prepare, and then I asked a lot of my body in return.  I try to make the best out of which I’ve got; which, personally, I don’t think is a whole heck of a lot.  I’m not a special guy, I told her.  I am not gifted.

Never, however, do I take shortcuts.  There is no path of least resistance in my training.  What I do equates to hard manual labor, disciplined grunt work.  Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself.  You might be able to fool some people, but you can never fool yourself.  Your toughest critic is the one you face every morning in the mirror.


I am far from great, I told her, “But if you’re passionate and driven, you can accomplish things.”


Thank you both for your gifts and they came at just the right time.  Last weekend my motivation to run was low.  Your simple gifts encouraged me to continue with my marathon training.  Yikes! It’s 102 days before TBRDM!

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3 Loves Wednesday

My husband just came home from a business trip in the UK and he came home bearing gifts 🙂

I got 3 new running magazines: October 2012 issue of Running Fitness, November 2012 Women’s Running and Runner’s World. ♥ ♥ ♥

Next, a Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS watch.  I looove it! ♥ ♥ ♥

Lastly, 300 pairs of Asics Kayano Women’s Running socks.  That’s right, you read it correctly…300 pairs!  Haha! Too many? ♥ ♥ ♥

Thanks Dear.  🙂

A New Pair of Shoes Got Me Out of Bed

For the past two weeks my training motivation was at an ultimate low.  I didn’t have the desire or energy to get up in the morning and run outside.  On my bedside table are running books and magazines.  Sometimes I just read about running to lessen my guilt for not training.  I think I read more about running than actually doing it.  I don’t know if this was due to the gloomy weather, hormonal changes, or pure laziness.  Sigh.

But I knew one fool-proof way to get me out of that dark phase: shopping!

So I dragged myself to Mizuno in Alabang and bought a pair of running shoes.  I got the Mizuno Wave Rider 15.  I have read a number of good reviews about the Wave Rider series.  And because I am an enrollee of the Mizuno Run Academy, they gave me a special discount. 🙂  Thank you!

And I’m off.

And just like magic, my new pair of shoes got me out of bed. 😀