Getting Motivated

Motivation isn’t something we have or don’t have. Motivation isn’t a thing.

It is a phenomenon and a series of practices that get us going and doing the things that give us the body and life we want and it is unique to each of us.

Motivation is not discipline. Motivation isn’t about doing what we’re supposed to do whether we feel like it or not.

Motivation is feeling like it.

Knowing your Reason is finding your Motivation.

The above is from the web site of a race that I recently registered for. I liked it a lot and thought it was particularly fitting for this week. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I scheduled 3 personal training sessions this week - by far the most that I've had in a single week in a really long time.

I first started training with Dave, my trainer, back in January 2004 - almost 8 years ago. When I first started I was overweight, lazy and always looking for the easy way out. But once I started seeing results from my hard work did I finally feel motivated to work out. Exercise went from being a "have to" to becoming a "want to." I evolved to the point where it didn't feel like work - it was fun! And that's how I feel like this week has started off.

We met at Seal Point, a recreational area that is right along the bay, just 3 miles from my house.

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The grassy area, high bar and stairs make it a convenient place for doing a circuit that included:

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{push-ups}

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{trx body rows}

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{trx one-legged squats}

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{stairs - 94 of 'em!}

We did this circuit several times, with the one-legged squats and stairs specifically done to build up strength in my knee. Again, I had no knee pain (!!!) but I did notice 3 things:

- The weakness when doing squats on my R leg is felt more in my R glute muscles. - My feet are constantly in over pronation form (turned inward). - My R foot started to hurt when running down the stairs. So after the first couple of sets, I ended up just walking down them.

Clearly all caused by muscular imbalances and tight muscles...

After the circuit, we walked over to the other side of the "bump" (as Dave calls the hill) where he then had me do hill sprints.

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By this time I was pretty tired so I only did 3 sprints up, but each one was better than the previous:

1st: 36.5 sec 2nd: 35.1 sec 3rd: 34.5 sec

As tough as it was, it was fun! It was so nice to have a different type of workout that wasn't about distance or pace. And I loved doing a strength and cardio combo too! And working out at this "outdoor gym" was even better! I won't have the opportunity to do this very often after this week, so I'm going to enjoy this week's 2 remaining sessions and make the most of it!