Every once in a while I go through a rough patch. During those challenging times my friend and guide has been running. Running doesn't solve all the problems of the world. It is great alone time and the workout helps relieve stress. I also find that motivational and inspirational sayings help a lot as well. My favourite source is Gibson's Daily Run Quotes. These spoke to me.
"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit." -- George Sheehan, from Did I Win?: A Farewell to George Sheehan by Joe Henderson
"Each time you run you will receive lessons. You have enrolled in the school of ultrarunning. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid. What you think makes no difference; the lessons will be presented until learned. When you run there are no mistakes, only lessons. The art and science of ultrarunning is a process of trial and error and experimentation. The failed experiments are as much a part of the process as the combination that ultimately works." --Keith Pippin, from A Step Beyond: The Definitive Guide to Ultrarunning by Don Allison
"One successful running coach used to tell his athletes to 'live like a clock.' In other words, you should do the same things at the same time every day. Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, eat your meals at the same time, and do your workout— you guessed it—at the same time. This isn't always practical, but just by trying you'll make it easier to fit in your planned workouts." -- Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Complete Book of Beginning Running
Until next time...