In Need of Motivation

It’s Friday, everyone’s favorite day of the week!

 

I think I make French Toast every Friday. It’s becoming a tradition!

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I have a ridiculous amount of berries in my fridge. I bought 4 for $5 strawberries and a costco sized blackberry container. I need to figure out a way to use all these berries before they go off!

 

Is it possible to bake with fresh berries?! It has to be.

 

Anyways, I took about a cup of berries and topped them with a teaspoon of sugar in a bowl. I then heated it for 1 minute. It made an excellent addition to my french toast, and I only needed a tiny bit of syrup to make it sweet!

 

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SO GOOD!

 

Motivation

Coming back from injury can be tough. Ok, let’s be real… it sucks. It is really hard to think that “x amount of time ago” I was in WAY better shape. Now it hurts just thinking about going that far.

 

I sometimes feel so unmotivated to even start back again, because I feel like I am starting from scratch. I basically have no running endurance anymore, I have gained a bit of extra weight from my decreased activity, etc.

 

Last night, I got to thinking about what motivated me to run in the first place. Obviously, I am not starting COMPLETELY over, and I have my past accomplishments to remind me of what I am capable of.

I made a list of thoughts that will motivate and encourage me to get back out and run–even if that means just one or two miles.

 

  • Keep in mind what I know I am capable of!

 

  • Be excited for a new challenge. Being is beginner is kind of fun!

 

  • Even though I haven’t been running, I’ve been keeping my heart strong with biking. Cross training is so important! Without my injury, I may have never done it!

 

  • Running is not everything. It is part of who I am but it is not everything.

 

  • Start slow, and enjoy it! There is no need to rush back into it. That’s how injuries happen!

 

  • Stop comparing your “now” self to your “then-in-running-shape” self. It takes time to get back there.

 

  • Make goals for where I am today. Three months ago, before I was injured, 3 miles was an “easy” day. That is more of  a “long run” now.  My goal is to make 3.0 miles feel “easy” again.

 

This list is sort of for myself, but I hope that it will benefit other injured runners!

 

Don’t give up!

 

 

❤ MegaNerd

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28 Responses

  1. Love all of your motivators, especially the not comparing your “now” self with your previous self. Guilty of that one!

    Berries – totally possible to bake with them (strawberry and/ or blackberry muffins? yum! I think there’s a blackberry coffee cake type thing on my blog’s recipe page). Also – cut ’em up and freeze ’em! That’s what I did, I froze them in either 1/2 cup or 1 cup baggies, and I can just toss the contents of a single baggie into a smoothie. Perfect. 🙂

  2. I *needed* this post! I ran my first half marathon without training, fell completely in love, and seriously injured myself. Now I have 30days more before I’m allowed to run again and I’m excited but seriously nervous.

  3. I can totally relate to this post! I took a hiatus from running and now since the weather is getting nicer (I’m from Boston) I want to get out there and move again. I went out for a run the other day and found I was terribly out of running shape, despite my other crosstraining efforts over the winter. I was wondering what type of training plan you are going to follow (if any) or are you just going to wing it & listen to your body?

    Thanks so much & have a fab Friday!

  4. Great tips, you’ll be back at your peak before you know it 🙂

  5. Yay this is a great motivation post. I think you really have the right mindset and you’ll get back in shape in no time! I’ve pretty much stopped working out to reach a level or goal, and started working out to add endorphins to my day, enjoy nice weather outdoors, take a little “me” time, and just have fun. It has made me a LOT less stressed because I’ll never feel bad if I don’t meet my goal or feel like I’m on the right “level”, and allowed me to enjoy new forms of exercise like lifting and yoga. I’ve gotten a lot stronger (safely) and I have had no body confidence issues in a LONG time (like i used to)!

  6. I’m coming back from an injury too, so I know how hard it is. I love your motivation tips though. It’s amazing what a bit of positive thinking can do 🙂

  7. That sounds like a great motivational list– I think remembering that it should be fun is so important, too. Getting pleasure out of what we do is why we do it, ultimately! Occasionally in the past, I’ve had to re-evaluate an exercise or meal plan because I realize that it’s making me a bit miserable!

    Love bulk berries!! Best part of summer!

  8. Oh boy, I can totally agree. I started training for a half marathon that’s 2 weeks away, but had to take a month off due to injury and such. Motivation is important! We need to focus on the here and now 🙂
    You can spread the berries on a plate or cookie sheet and freeze them before you put them in baggies if you don’t want them to stick together. 4 for $5 is still a good deal, even for frozen berries and they are awesome in smoothies!

  9. They are some really fantastic tips (I’m very tempted to put them in a word document so I can remind myself of them when I’m struggling with training!) – I think being a beginner can be fun, cos the improvement can come so thick and fast!!
    Btw, it’s very very possible to bake with fresh berries!! I do all the time 🙂

  10. Great advice! Don’t be afraid to compliment yourself and tell yourself how good you are. You’re running; so many people can’t even do one mile! You’re awesome!

  11. YES you can bake with berries—think muffins, scones, coffee cake, quick breads, etc! Or put them in pancakes or baked french toast dishes!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  12. Yes, you can bake with fresh berries. I just bought 5 containers of strawberries at 5 for $5 and I froze 4 of them to put in smoothies in the future. You could also make homemade jam. Really easy and delicious!

  13. Great tips! I am slowly increasing my mileage and trying not to reinjure myself but it is so tough! I love berries and toast, such a good combo.

  14. You can definitely bake with fresh berries – I like ’em even better than frozen. You can also freeze them, they freeze really well! Just layer them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper, making sure you don’t have a double layer of berries. Freeze them for a couple of hours, and then you can bag em up and they’ll keep for a long time!

  15. I’ve never been injured (yet!) and I still find your list quite motivating! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. Thanks for this. It’s something I need to hear. I love running and it is definitely a part of what defines me but since I’ve become pregnant 3 or 4 miles is about all I can plug out. Even though I know it’s for a good reason (growing a baby) it’s hard for me to let it go.

    I was talking about one of my running buddies and how I want to run with her because she ‘pushes me’ my husband reminded me that now is not the time to be pushed but a time to wind down. I felt like crying but then realized he was right. There’s a time for everything and right now it’s not about me getting more fit. It’s about being healthy and enjoying pregnancy.

  17. Hang in there with running. You will get back there in no time.
    I love French Toast. I think that might be luch today.
    As far as the berries, I freeze any fruit that is starting to get mushy or go bad. Makes great smoothie additions. I don’t even need to use ice because of the frozen fruit.

  18. Megan, I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now and your posts always motivate me in school and my health.
    Hang in there 🙂

  19. I know that you can make an awesome comeback! And I love the idea of French Toast Fridays:)

  20. Great tips! As long as you’re able to MOVE, that’s the most important thing. 😀

    I think French toast is on the menu for tomorrow morning. Yum!

  21. You can freeze the berries for smoothies! Keep your chin up–you’ll be back in running shape before you know it!

  22. you can make a crumble/cobbler!!! I’m sure if you google some recipes you can figure ways to “healthy-fy” them. but my aunt (a chef) makes one with oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, etc. that is incredible.

  23. I have been a lurker for the past 3 months or so, however I thought I’d give my opinion.
    You are awesome, you are much more than a runner but you are also an awesome runner and will get back into it.
    I am incapable of running for more than 5 min, I have signed up for a half marathon in september and am hoping to get better and better, so if I can do it (which I will since I paid £44 in race fees) so can you, just believe in yourself and trust that your body can get back to the state it was with a little practise.
    xx

  24. You can bake with fresh berries, but you can also freeze them and use them in oatmeal, baking, or whatever you want in the future!

  25. I am right there with you on the running thing. I was training for a half, which would be tomorrow, and 4 weeks ago I suffered a back injury and was barely able to walk. I still cannot run and it was a total shock to my mentality! I am to the point now that I am accepting it and doing the best I can, but after all of that training and hard work to be pretty much bed bound was very hard on me. Baby steps =)

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