Motivation can be different things for different people. So we asked our friend Maki, owner of Maki Performance Training in Richmond BC, to share one of his. What we got was so much more than that. Here is your daily motivation:
This past weekend my wife (Catherine) ran her first half-marathon (21K). I should preface this by saying that I am in no way bragging about her. I'm simply a proud husband who is honoured to have his wife as a shining example.
Catherine trained for two months and ran a total of 15 times before her race. She had run a 10K about 5 years ago, six months after our daughter was born, and that was it. It was a big undertaking, and she was worried about being over-committed to an event for which a) she was under-trained, b) had an injured knee and, c) was now sick with a cold.
This was a charity event put on by the White Rock Rotary club. Catherine along with other women were running to raise money for Ugandan women.
The night before the race we took a drive along the course for a preview of what she was up against; she went to bed, nervous and, the next day, was literally sick to her stomach with anxiety. I did my best to reassure her that everything would be okay. Her goal was to finish in 2 hours, 5 minutes.
During the race, our family drove near the course to find Catherine and cheer her on, but we couldn’t find her. This worried me because we had talked about where her time and distance would place her. After the race, Catherine told me that she was hoping she would see us since our presence would lend her extra strength.
We parked the car near the finish area, hoping to cheer her on at the finish line. My dear mother had brought her running gear, and ran off to find Catherine. After about 4 km, she found Catherine struggling and ran with her, encouraging, running ahead, and then running back as Catherine came up to cross the line. She finished in 1 hour and 59 minutes. I was so proud of her. She hadn't quit, and, even with all the issues she faced during her short training period, she managed to overcome all obstacles and beat the time she had set out for herself. I was there to give her a big, proud hug at the finish line.
This is what motivates me: People who work hard, don't give up and push through when the going gets tough. People who want the best for others and are willing to drive themselves to see them succeed.
Catherine ran with a friend (Njoki) who is not a runner. We waited for her to come through. Instead of standing around at the finish line, my wife, and mother ran out to find her. Here's how she described the experience:
"I picked up my soul sista, Cat in the morning--the thought of the marathon also made her nauseous... relief! I was not in this alone. A few months ago, I called Cat-- she did not hesitate to say "yes" when she heard about our cause. I am so thrilled we did this together--driven by love and a passion to restore dignity to our Ugandan sisters! I love you sis.
Cat is a fast runner, she made it across the finish line way before I did. I kept thinking to myself, Cat should be done by now... PS: I still had about 6K to go with a knee that popped out at the 14K mark... I hobbled and jogged with zero energy left. I was pretty much done by the time I saw the 19K marker; I mean I was tempted to hitch-hike a ride or switch spots with the ever-cheerful volunteers who kept us going... (I said I was tempted, but I was not going to)... I prayed for strength: "God, you have to carry me to the end". My knee was giving out... there was a hill towards the finish... who designed this course anyways???
When I saw Cat and her beautiful mother-in-law, I could not hold back my tears! They came back to find me, to cheer me on, to encourage me... this is what sisterhood means to me: we have not achieved success until we all cross the finish line (same applies in life). Their motivation gave me a renewed rush of energy and I kept pushing through the pain to the finish line... Together, we did it!!! This is what victory feels like: a group of passionate women rising together to stand for injustice, loving through the pain so our sister's lives can be pieced together again."
I was motivated to write about this today because I was moved by someone's passionate effort, because of their dedication to a cause, to finish a half-marathon. It is not necessarily about how well you do, it's about being victorious in your struggle to get yourself where you want to be.
Catherine told me she is motivated to train if there's a race to focus upon. Training for the sake of training can't motivate her into the gym and get work done. Now, thanks to my mother, she has signed up for an 8K in November. For over a decade I've been trying to get my wife to run. When we met in high school, she was ranked #1 in the province for cross-country. We are all motivated to exercise for various reasons. If we can pinpoint what it is that motivates us to get out of bed at 5 am, or show up when you'd really rather be at home, then you will find success in your efforts. It is a guaranteed recipe for winning at anything you attempt.
I'll leave you with this quote that sums up the take-home message--all it takes is one decisive step to make a change, and that change can motivate us to make a lasting difference in our lives:
"Most people believe that it takes months, and years to transform their lives. Actually, you can literally change your life in an instant by making a single decision never to go back to the way you have been living- no matter what. What takes, months, years and sometimes decades is the maintenance required to live by that decision." - Robin Sharma
So, as I said, "What motivates YOU?"
Maki is a personal trainer, husband, father, entrepreneur and owner of Maki Performance Training.
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