Friday, 15 March 2013

Eat and Run - Scott Jurek

I regularly scower the internet, read my favourite blogs, Pin quotes and motivating images, read books, articles, and magazines all to keep me focused and inspired. Because no matter how motivated you are when you start a training plan - you inevitably hit a lull. Life gets in the way. Your runs start to feel tedious. You would rather press snooze button when your alarm goes off at 6am. You would rather eat candy than the training trifecta - Protein, Carbs, and Vitamin C. At some point everyone needs to refocus and a little motivational kick in the pants.

One of my favourite Runspiration techniques these days - is curling up with a Running Biography by one of the GREATS before bed. And since I have been stuck in recovery mode, I have been living vicariously. And my bedside table is littered with these gems. I fall asleep dreaming of epic distances. Longing for that perfect run. And craving that burn and that sweat. Needless to say when my alarm goes off in the early AM - I am excited to log those miles.
Over Christmas Break I started reading Ultra Marathoner Scott Jurek's Eat & Run. And like the dweeb that I am, I flagged some of my favourite Runspiration quotes to go back to as my training progressed. I wanted to share my favs with you. Just in case you need a little motivation boost this weekend too!!
  • Because I had learned that once you started something you didn't quit, because in life, much like an ultramarathon, you have to keep pressing foward.
  • I ran because over coming the difficulties of an ultramarathon reminded me that I could overcome the difficulties of life, that overcoming difficulties was life. (*** <--- MY FAV!!***)
  • By the time I started running, I knew how to suffer.
  • When I hear a runner say he "runs his own race", what I hear is bushido. Bushido is letting go of the past and the future and focusing on the strengthen my mind's control over my body.
  • Just do the distance, and that will (usually) save you.
  • If I thought biology was destiny, I would have given up a long time ago.
  • Sometimes we have to go to dark places. Things will be better off and you'll grow. You just don't know it now.
  • One step at a time. Stay present.
  • We try our hardest and come up short. It's not the losing that defines us. It's how we lose. It's what we do afterward.
Happy Running!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,