What do we use to stay motivated?

In life, what do we do when we start out too strong, and feel like we can’t finish?

Same thing in a race. Back off some, regain our composure, then keep going.

Two mile combined split 13:47… the goal at this point was 14:15 (two miles at 7:15 and 7:00).


iPhone screen shot of 5k mile splits
5k: 1st mile 6:39, 2nd mile 7:07


So I stopped and walked for half a minute.

What do we use to stay motivated?

Eyes always on the goal.


Windermere 5k 50-54M race results
5k goal was sub 22:00


Breaking 22 minutes felt like victory, even though walking felt like failure.

Keep going.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. The race isn’t a do over. But if you had not rested for 30 seconds you might not have come in second for your age group. Congratulations on a great race.

  2. Thanks Patty. What’s been a fun evolution – running only one or two 5k’s a year. Used to be one a month and burned out from the constant improvement. Shaving even a few seconds off per mile was very challenging when I was running sub 20:00 every single race. 🙂

    PR’d years ago with an 18:32 – was 100 meters from the finish and wanted to stop and walk. Thought lungs and heart would explode.

    Anyway, running serves it’s purpose in life – a carrot to do something good before the sun comes up, when sleep or tv would be an easier choice.

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