I learned a little something about myself during yesterday’s run. I like competition. It’s a powerful motivator for me.
Last night, I was about halfway through my run and it was so hot I really thought I had nothing left. Then, out of nowhere, this guy came running up alongside me. We ran side-by-side for a while, but he eventually pulled ahead. I may have felt like dying, but once I saw that guy pass me all I wanted to do was beat him. In my mind, “beating him” meant outpacing him for the last mile of my run. That man must have thought I was crazy. The first half mile I was never more than two or three strides behind him. The second half mile I pulled ahead and finished before him.
Of course this wasn’t exactly a fair race because the man didn’t actually know we were competing, but I still felt good. It’s funny how I thought I was spent, but then the second I had a little competition I ran the best mile of my workout. Here I am waiting for my sister to finish while I stretch on a park bench.
My other favorite motivator is a new running outfit and I just happened to have one of those too. On my lunch break I ran to TJ Maxx and picked up two pairs of shorts, two tanks and running socks for $47. Not too bad!
I really love the purple shirt. it has the cutest lace detail at the top, which I tried to capture in this close up.
I wore one of my new outfits on my run last night and couldn’t resist taking a selfie before I left.
Ignore the mess of clothes in the background. I just got my dryer fixed yesterday so we can finally start tackling laundry again! I don’t usually have baskets/mounds of clothes lying around. Brian and I are trying this new thing where we keep the house clean….so far so good…with the exception of those clothes.
Anyway, back to my workout. After my run I did this quick lower body workout, hopped in the shower and called it a night.
Would you consider yourself a competitive person? How does that impact your running?