It can be tough to get yourself on track.
Sometimes you give up, and sometimes you have to fight like crazy to just lace your shoes. Runners know this better than almost anyone, and when you're waging a mental battle, deterrents like bad weather or an ever-growing to-do list can be detrimental.
So if you're in need of some #StrideInspiration like me, check out this quote by Paul Maurer, author of The Gift: A Runner's Story:
"Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys. It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It's the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for."
So when you're powering through a long Saturday morning run this weekend, keep in mind that powering through the setbacks and the self-doubt can be just the key to making you a better runner. What's keeping you inspired to hit the pavement this weekend? Tweet it to us at @StrideNBC with the hashtag #StrideInspiration!