The Friday 5: Favorite Inspirational Quotes
Welcome to the Friday 5! Do you have a mantra or favorite quote that you turn to for motivation? I have a collection of them that have really inspired me over the years. This week I am sharing my top 5:
1. "Your body can stand most anything. It's your mind that needs convinced."-unknown This quote always comes to mind as I start a long run. Earlier this year, I had a 16 mile run on my training schedule and I was dreading it! I procrastinated and tried to talk myself out of it. Finally, I just headed out the door! I spent the first 3 miles convincing myself to do the run and by mile 4, I felt great and the remaining 12 miles just ticked away. My body was completely able to do the run as I had trained well, but my mind just needed reassured.
2. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."-Lao Tzu This quote is my all time favorite. My Aunt gave me a bookmark with the quote on it 25+ years ago when I started College. It is something that has always stuck with me. I remind myself often about how hard the first step on any type of long journey can be. I think back to the first time I went out for a run 5 years ago. I had not run or exercised much at all in years. I knew it was going to be hard, but I also knew I had to take that first step out the door to get back in shape. I took that step and have not looked back! I started that year with goals of completing a Sprint Triathlon and a Half Marathon. Since then, I have completed several triathlons, including 1 full Ironman, 2 Half Ironman events, and 4 Marathons, but it all started with that "single step".
This is my #1 favorite quote when it comes to running and triathlons. When I feel like giving up or when I am faced with a challenging circumstance I think of this quote by the Ironman legend. How will I feel tomorrow, next week, or a year from now, if I don't give this my all? I had a very difficult time at Ironman Mont Tremblant after my shifter broke on my bike and I almost did not finish the race. I could not envision "not finishing", it was unbearable to imagine after what I had done to just get to the start line. So, I did everything within my power to get to the finish line that day!
4. "The temptations to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."-unknown This quote is something that I came across recently. The picture below is of me as I finished the Peaks to Portland Open Water Swim in 2014. It is a 2.4 mile swim from Peaks Island, Maine to the East End Beach in Porltand. The water temperature was frigid...somewhere around 53 degrees, the coldest it had been in years and the winds were strong that day making the water extremely choppy. I was so frustrated swimming against the current. I was using a Fort in the middle of the channel to sight on. I would count 100 strokes, than look. It seemed like I was barely moving. Right when my frustration hit it's peak, as I could not feel my hands or toes because of the cold, I had made it past the Fort. When this happened, the current started to pull me into the Finish, making my swim so much easier as I was being dragged into the Shore to the Finish Line!
5. "It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any."- Hugh Laurie This is a long one, but it really hit home two years ago when I read it. There are so many things I would love to do, but I just never feel like "I'm ready". This made me stop and think: "What am I waiting for?" I decided that it was time to take on the Ironman journey, something that I had dreamed of doing since High School...Now, was as good a time as any and I did just that last August at Ironman Mont Tremblant.
Those are Five of my favorite quotes! Do you have a favorite? What quote do you use to inspire you? I would love to hear it, have a wonderful weekend!