Motivation can come from many different places. It can come from internal motivation, or it can come from external motivation like a race goal, a personal PR, teammates, a team you hope to be a part of, motivational words from the always incredible Lauren Fleshman, or watching speedster Kate Grace achieve PR's. What motivates a person one day, could be very different from the next.
After running my second 5k last week, I was motivated by two seconds.
Going in to the race on Thursday my goal was to run faster than my previous time of 23:58. Based on how I felt after that race, and the way my training was going, I new I was capable of that. I didn't have any other time goal, except to run faster than 23:58.
With the added challenge of dodging thousands of runners, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw my pace after the first mile.
Mile 1: 7:23
I was determined not to slow down. I've become very good at starting out too quickly and crashing at the end. I was looking for a different result during this race.
Mile 2: 7:21
When I saw the split after the second mile I started to do some quick math in head figuring out what my finish time could potentially be. I was pleasantly surprise when I realized I could finish the race right around 23min if I could hold my pace.
The last mile was tough. My chest felt like it was on fire, but my legs still felt strong. I still had to dodge runners left and right, which made it much more difficult. I kept pushing. We made a left hand turn, and climbed a steep hill to the finish. I felt strong on the hill, and worked my way around a few men who were slowing down. I think my aggressive passing skills could use some work. I gave it all I had when I saw the finish.
Mile 3: 7:30
Official Time: 23:01
I am very excited that I ran almost a minute faster than my previous 5k time. I achieved my goal for the race and set a new PR. I am certainly not going to take anything away from that accomplishment. I can honestly say I never thought I'd be running an average pace of 7:25. But I did. I can also honestly say I never thought I'd be affected by a couple of seconds on my finish time. But I am.
Those two seconds lit a another fire inside of me. Those two seconds made me want to run another 5k. Those two seconds are my motivation to keep working hard to achieve my goals.