Motivation Monday: September 29

Only two days left to complete my September challenge! My quads are getting stronger that’s for sure because last night, on day 28 I held a 6:20.32 wall sit. My legs were shaking and I actually started to sweat, but I beat yesterday’s time by 7 seconds and that is all that matters. It is weird that October is just around the corner but that means it’s time to start thinking about goals for the new month!

It is Monday. It is dark until at least 7:30 am in the mornings now, and that makes it really difficult to crawl out of my cozy warm bed and get some exercise in. I think my new home gym will make it a little easier because I don’t have to drive anywhere to workout and I don’t have to set foot outside, I just have to wake up, take twenty steps, and head to my garage! How about some Motivation Monday with your oatmeal this morning?

I received a text message yesterday with the most jaw-dropping breaking news. The marathon WORLD RECORD WAS BROKEN at the Berlin Marathon! Dennis Kimetto ran a 2:02:57 marathon to become the first person EVER to run a sub-2:03 marathon. The man to finish in second place also broke the record, running a 2:03:13… which, as Runner’s World put it, will be one of “the most under-appreciated marathon performances in history.” That is a 4:40/mile pace. I can’t even comprehend that degree of speed.

Another marathoner of note in Berlin was Shalene Flanagan. It was well known that Shalene wanted to break the American women’s marathon record at the Berlin event. I feel pressure to run fast when I think about my marathon pace goals in my head, I can’t even imagine announcing to the world what my goal time is and being held to that time by many people and organizations. She ran a great race and came in at 2:21:14, just short of the 2:19:36 record. 

She is such a graceful runner. It’s amazing to see these elites run. She also has some tough critics and I always laugh when I read articles about their performances. 

“She could ONLY manage to cover the last 2.2 kilometres in 7:59, a pace which equates to 5:51 per mile.”

Ya, she sure dropped the ball. Only a 5:51 pace. How could she run so SLOW?! What was she thinking?!

I don’t even know what to think about these crazy elites. All I know is that they are fast, and it seems they keep getting faster. Kimetto believes a 2-hour marathon is possible and is going to happen. Motivational is an understatement. 

As my dad and I were driving around town yesterday we noticed that some of the trees were almost bare already! My mom and I loved getting a long walk in through the forested trails on Saturday and apparently we aren’t the only ones. Canadian Running Magazine published an article that said walking in the forest has been shown to increase happiness and decrease stress more than walking in an unfrosted setting (read; the street). I believe it. It is always so peaceful running or walking in nature and I always come out of the trails a happier person! Motivation to get onto the trails and into the forest before it is all covered in snow and ice!

Maybe I’ll bring trees and plants into my garage to make my cycling set-up a little happier 😉 I am hitting up the gym this morning for a solid workout before the sun rises. Wednesday I will be getting back into running but for now I am trying to give my body a bit of a break from it!

What is motivating YOU this week?

Do you try and run/walk in nature or do you stick to the streets and treadmill?


  1. I still can’t comprehend the speed those elites run at either. Their marathon per mile pace is faster than I have ever run a single mile! Insane!

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