Where do you find inspiration?
There are so many places you can find it if only you open your eyes and look. And, more than just look, see.
I think, for myself, the hard part of finding inspiration is that I so rarely recognize it even when it is staring me in the face. You see, despite all the gazillion Facebook things that are shared, I don't regularly find inspiration in words on a screen. Sometimes, I do. But not regularly. I find inspiration in people. And the best type of inspiration comes from myself.
I like to let my past successes - no matter how minor - fuel my future endeavors.
I keep mementoes of difficult races around my computer desk, so that when I am feeling a little down, I can just look up and see what has already been done. They remind me that, although far from perfect, I am capable of accomplishment, if I set my mind to it. I have several items set up to create a positive inspirational environment for myself: a medal from my latest marathon (that I wasn't sure I could do), two race bibs from difficult races, a picture with running friends, even a mousepad I had made up from a family mountain adventure.
My favorite, though, is probably this one:
I love this $6 poster I bought in Manitou Springs after successfully finishing the Pikes Peak Ascent Half Marathon a couple of years ago. It reminds me that I can still do things that are amazing - at least to me. And, after all, who else do I have to impress? It might be cheesy, but I find it works.
So, what are you proud of in your past running life? Do you have a memento of it sitting out in the open to remind you of it periodically? If not, dig out that old medal or race bib. Frame a picture you like and then put it out where you can see it often. Let yourself be inspired by your own past accomplishments. You can do amazing things if you set your mind to it!