Inspiring others is the greatest motivator

What keeps you going? What drives you to become the best at what you are passionate about? When I started my running journey I never imagined that I would end up being an inspiration to others. But, as it would, going through a very noticeable physical transformation has made me one. Putting things into perspective has allowed me to embrace that calling and has motivated me to do better and to work harder. By no stretch of the imagination am I a Tony Robbins or a Zig Ziglar, there are no paid speaking engagements or motivational seminars filling up my calendar. But why can’t there be some day? I have worked hard to better myself and as a result I have been given a gift, one that I can share with others and it has happened naturally. We have to embrace these gifts as we do our passions and grow them for the betterment of not only ourselves but the people around us as well. As you follow your own path, keep in mind that there are others watching, looking for a role model, looking for some inspiration that is closer to their own reality. In turn you have the power to embrace this as the gift it is and to use it to motivate you to do better, to dig deeper and to not only be the best you but also be the catalyst for someone else’s journey.

Monday

This week is a recovery week, it’s also the break I needed from both the weather and running twice a day. Work has been a bit complicated, which made for some logistical challenges running this week. Today I had a recovery run, which I had to get in late 9pm out the door for 3.98miles in 31:13. Focusing on the positive my runs are starting to get back into the “normal” pace range for this time of year.

Tuesday

Another busy day, today I’ve been at the client site all day. Bright side; it brings a smile to my face and warms my heart to know that even my client contacts draw inspiration from my journey. I have been on this account for several years now and although they never saw my initial transformation, they have witness my passion and dedication to the sport. They are always encouraging and are quick to point out to any new team members that if anyone needs running advice I’m the guy they should talk to. It takes a few hours before I’m home and able to get my run in today, but I’m ready to go 9:40pm 5.97miles in 51 minutes flat. Where is my bed?

Wednesday

I am embracing this week and all the breaks in between. Today is a rest day! The motto for today; “Every time you subtract negative from your life, you make room for more positive” – Zig Ziglar  

Thursday

Today comes with more driving here and there; I have come to embrace the fact that this is how the rest of the year is going to be for me… It has also been an emotionally challenging week for me and putting things into perspective has allowed me to keep my head above water. Running has been an escape for me, it has allowed me to not only be physically fit but also mentally focused. Sometimes we need to be reminded that even though others may be with us on our journey, it is up to us to learn and grow from every experience. Another late run today 8:42pm 5.36miles in 42:54 at least I’m getting a little faster every day.

Friday

Rest day number two… I really had to exercise some self-control today… not running again and a really easy day tomorrow?!? I can’t get used to this, I’m sure next week is going to suck so I better enjoy it while it’s good…

Saturday

Race day today, it’s only a 5k but I welcome the crowds, the atmosphere, the competition and most importantly the free beer… Also hanging out with my fellow Charlotte Marathon ambassadors is always a blast. Results 5k personal best 21:51. ​

​The rest of the day I spent helping my neighbor move…

Sunday

Long run today is basically a taper run, this has been a great week for my training and the run this morning was the icing on the cake. Out the door at 5:15am ran 8.01miles in 1:03:57.

Closing out the week with a little perspective; it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for me, the people closest to me both family and friends know my history and I’m fortunate that I can count on them when I need to. My advice to you is; seek out those who are close to you, they can be you biggest source of motivation. Focus on the positives and celebrate every small victory, no matter how insignificant it may seem. As I reflect on my crazy week it pales in comparison to prior weeks, my challenges are tiny and my gifts are in abundance. To my friends and family that are facing their own battles stay strong and be a light to others, I guarantee you that you will find all the motivation you need and the strength to overcome anything by being an inspiration yourself.

 

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