To Look For Motivation When There Is None. List Of Online Resources,
Inspirational Athletes, Methods And Books.
Most of us follow the same pattern – being excited about training and slacking on the routine. Choosing fries over dumbbells and couch instead of gym. Motivation is a word we hear all the time. We also see a lot of motivational photos and videos on social media. People with six packs, smashing their PR’s every day and training like mad dogs.
Same with the sport – you just do it! No excuses, no waiting for a muse to come.
But since we started this talk – I do have some resources that inspire me to do more and to achieve more, to be a better athlete and not turn into a couch potato. I am going to share one with you.
The Long Run by Matt Long
I will try to avoid spoilers for this book – but it is surely a must read. And inspirational story which is only 15% about running and the rest about life and mental struggle. Matt Long, a New York City firefighter who survived 9/11 and ran in marathons and triathlons, was run over by a bus while riding his bike. He barely survives, and the road to physical and mental recovery is long, painful, and arduous. He describes his long and difficult road to recovery. Reading it will probably make you feel how small your struggles are. If Matt can recover and start his fitness journey from the ground up (literally), so can you.
Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear
Finally, someone gets it right when explaining the world of cross country, and that would be author Chris Lear. Chris spent an entire season with the college running team. If you struggle to explain to your non-running friends why you do what you do, why you sacrifice your sleep and party time, why are you concerned about carbs all the time and spend ridiculous amount of money for a sport watch – this book will help you to find words to explain it better. There’s more to just going out and running, that it takes discipline, stamina, strength (man, lots of injuries in this book!) and courage. Chris also shows how runners bond together through the miles and miles of training and racing.
His last piece on the NCAA championship, a play-by-play of Goucher and his teammates, is poetic. I’ve never read a better race description ever.
Run: The Mind-Body method of Running by Matt Fitzgerald
I enjoy most of the books by Matt – but this one especially. It has a different approach to running. He looks at running as a brain driven and controlled activity. In this book he explains how you can wire your brain that it’s ok to run fast and to run far. Matt shows that it’s brain activity that governs endurance and speed limits. He then takes you through the key research findings from the lab and also the training track to explain how and when the brain controls your running limits.
You will not find the training schedules, but you will learn how to make your own using your intuition.
This book will work for experienced runner who is stuck in a training routine and want to explore more. There is some prior knowledge that the author assumes you have about training and running that you will need to successfully read through this book.
Yes there must be structure to a training plan, but it does not have to be rigid like most plans are. Write it with a pencil not a pen.