Finding Inspiration in Unusual Places

Winter weather has definitely been taking it’s toll on my marathon training.  It has not been anything close to ideal running weather on my long run days.  Winds gusting up to 50 mph and single digit temps; I’ve had to resort to the dreadmill more times than I care to admit.  The only bonus to treadmill running is it gives me a chance to catch up on some movies or tv shows.  Peak training miles right now means I have watched more movies in the past few weeks than in the past six months.

Yesterday’s movie was a treat for my 16 mile run.  I watched The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  I loved them both in the Wedding Crashers movie, so I was pretty sure this one would be a hit, too.  It’s about two salesmen whose company closes down unexpectedly and they find themselves without a job.  The two clowns manage to land an intership over the summer at Google, even though it was way out of their league of expertise.  Vince Vaughn’s character ends up struggling to stay up with his team, and was ready to walk away.  He felt like he had failed yet again.  In the end his team rallied together pulling Vaughn’s character back into action.  The underdogs pulled ahead of the other teams they were competing with and landed themselves jobs at Google.

I often feel like the underdog in my running so this movie struck a positive note with me.  I’m not a fast runner, and it feels somedays like I will never make my time goals.  It can get discouraging, especially when others around you are getting faster.  This movie reminded me keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep giving my best effort.  As long as I give my best, that is good enough.  This was a good reminder to myself of how far I have come.  I was not athletic growing up.  I couldn’t run a mile, heck, I could barely walk it.  Now as I write this I look up at the wall that holds the medals from all of my running accomplishments.  It includes 10 marathons and handfuls of halfs, 10 and 5ks.  Each race may not have been a PR (personal record), but I’ve learned something about myself at each and every one of them.  I am proud of the runner I am today.  I am going to continue to lace up my shoes and go out for those training runs working to reach my goals.

inspirationInspiration is all around us.  Sometimes we just need to open our eyes to see it.

What has motivated you recently?  Is it a new gadget or technology?  Is it a quote or saying?  Are you inspired by others around you, a boss, a mentor, a friend?

6 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration in Unusual Places

  1. Great post! It’s always hard to find the inspiration to go out and get runs in on cold mornings. But sounds like the movie thing was a great idea!!!
    I have to find the motivation within myself, but I definitely look to others to find inspiration, whether that be blogs, books or even social media:)

    • Kristy – Technology has been great for adding inspiration in our lives, hasn’t it! Hard to remember life without social media 🙂

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