I don't know about you, but I set goals for myself but then often get sidetracked, lose motivation, whatever, and what do you know, the goal is out the window. I don't usually make any official new year's resolutions, because then I'd invariably tell someone about them... and then I'd be embarrassed if I didn't actually follow through. And phew, that's a lot of pressure! But, if I actually really want to get something done, I know for me, the best way to actually make sure I follow through is to go public with it. If there are other people watching and expecting me to do something, I don't want to let them down or have to tell them that I gave up. There isn't a lot that will stop me from reaching that goal if I know that there are others watching, or even better, relying on me.
Contrary to what you might believe, since I'm one of the founders of this group, running is not something that comes easy to me. Math, yes; running, no! Sure, I like how I feel after I run and even sometimes during ;), and I like that running is keeping me healthy, and setting a good example for my kids. It would be so much easier to sleep through the alarm on those early morning runs (and I can't even tell you how tempted I am to do so!), or once the kids are at school, go get coffee with friends instead of lacing up my sneaks. But, for one crazy reason or another, I've decided to tackle another full marathon, and I've told you guys, so I can't back out now. I will get my running shoes on and keep logging the miles. I really don't want to have to tell everyone that I quit (unless I have a REALLY good reason). I've had a few people tell me that they were inspired to take up or return to running after hearing about how the girls and I started from nothing and are now able to finish marathons, one of those if-you-can-do-it,-I-can-definitely-do-it-type realizations. I can not tell you how motivating it is to me personally, to know that I've inspired such a change in even just one other person!! It's enough to be the deciding factor that pushes me out the door some days.
What better way to hold yourself accountable and keep yourself moving toward your goals, than to go public with them! We are here to provide you with a forum to do so as a featured Fitness Revolutionary. Mainely Running is about much more than my own personal running journey, or that of Jen or Christine. It is about people inspired and motivated to test their limits. It is about people with nothing to prove, but everything to gain. It is about you! Join this fitness revolution and we'll share your story here. You can share as little or as much of your story as you'd like, as long as you tell us what you are working toward. We'll check in with you periodically and you can provide us with updates along the way to let us and the rest of the Mainely Running crowd know how it is going. Everyone has a story to tell, and some aspect of each of those stories invariably clicks with others out there, inspiring them to get going and make positive changes in their lives. Knowing that you've inspired others is just an added benefit, and in my mind, another great motivator to keep you on target.
You've read about some impressive and determined folks we've already featured as Revolutionaries, and trust me, you will want to stay tuned because we have some amazing and inspiring updates to bring you later this year! Just think, this could soon be you too!
Come on, what have you got to lose? Tell us your story so far, and let us know where you're headed! If you are interested in becoming one of our Fitness Revolutionaries, let us know here or send an email to info at mainelyrunning.com. We can't wait to hear from you!
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