What motivates you to get your trainers on and keep going?

#1
Somewhat a cheesy but serious thread!
What is it that makes you haul your arrse out of bed on dark rainy mornings to go for a run? What stops you from slobbing out in front of the tv in the evenings instead of hitting the gym?

We've had this chat in the office this morning, and some of the answers are suprising. Ranging from the common ones of 'I want to lose weight/get fit', to 'I need to otherwise I would combust from stress' and 'I think it's because I am addicted to the exercise high afterwards'

So, what I would like to know if what inspires you to get out and do something? And what tricks do you employ to keep going once your out?

For me, it's the thought of beating Praetorian in Hellrunner and making him grovel at my superior feet :-D
And when I am out on the run and feel like I am going to vomit and that I want my Mum, a Winston Churchill quote pops into my head "never, never, never give up".

Come on share with the group - what does it for you?
 
#2
Jeremy Kyle.

Oh and the fact I have got a shite posting.

What is running?
 
#3
I hate running, to be honest. Rugby training gets me out for a few hours each week.

Which is all then undone in the bar after the match on the Saturday :)
 
#4
What does it for me? Thats easy the fact that if i dont do it im gonna be stuck in supid pathetic office jobs dealing with the monotonous drudgery of working mon to friday, 9 -5 for the rest of my working life, which if that stays the same wont be long as ill blow my own brains out, instead of joining the army which is what i want to do with my life...
 
#5
smudge67 said:
I hate running, to be honest. Rugby training gets me out for a few hours each week.

Which is all then undone in the bar after the match on the Saturday :)
Guinness and pork scratchings don't help mate.

You hermer.
 
#6
I find running a good stress relief, doing a few miles especially cross country, maybe with the mp3 player on is a good excuse to let your mind wander / go blank for a while without being disturbed 8)
 
#8
Going to see your Mum every night!!!
 
#10
Pyrex said:
Going to see your Mum every night!!!
My mam is dead, and I can't drive to see her every night. I hate driving in the dark, Bigbird will tell you that.

"Oh no there is a car coming and I can't see the road".
 
#11
Cpt_Subtext said:
What does it for me? Thats easy the fact that if i dont do it im gonna be stuck in supid pathetic office jobs dealing with the monotonous drudgery of working mon to friday, 9 -5 for the rest of my working life, which if that stays the same wont be long as ill blow my own brains out, instead of joining the army which is what i want to do with my life...
Sound. So if you don't get in, you'll do the afforementioned? :p
 
#12
I swore blind that I didn't have the time for phys. Then I sat down and thought about what I was spending my time doing. Feck all in reality.

Perversely, making sure I've got time for phys means that I am more effective at time planning generally and so spend less time procrastinating and whining that I'm stressed out and frazzled.

However, the main motivator is that I'm significantly older than my peers in my Squadron. It's strangely satisfying to crush the sprogs smugness when they can't keep up with 'Grandad'.

Less satisfying when I'm p1ssing blood and puking so hard that I'm bringing up stuff I ate ten years ago though (obviously away from prying eyes).
 
#13
Dale the snail said:
Pyrex said:
Going to see your Mum every night!!!
My mam is dead, and I can't drive to see her every night. I hate driving in the dark, Bigbird will tell you that.

"Oh no there is a car coming and I can't see the road".
I know, I dug her up last night and dipped her in skin!!

She don't arf stink!!
 
#14
I run because i enjoy it and find it gratifying nothing better than getting up early and going for a run with my dog, sets me up for the rest of the day.
i just love it and cant wait to go for another run the next day.
 
#15
My motivation would have to be the fact that most of my runs are group runs, so having peers etc. that are all hoping to do the same as me supporting eachother is great.

Also, the fact that I run at a pace that makes me comfortable spurs me on, I see no need to stop as I can cope.

And finally, the knowledge that when I finish the run, I will be that little bit fitter and that one step forward in my build up to trying to join up.
 
#16
Originally it was to shift a few stone that I had put on by being a fat, lazy, greedy c**t. Um, I mean, it was my glands. Yes, that's it. Glands. Then I discovered that I actually quite enjoyed it and started to time myself so now I know how much I have improved compared to a few months or years ago. Then I decided to get down to my local TA. Aditionally, I like the fact that I am fitter than everyone in my office. No tears and heart attack for me (unlike the fat, lazy tossers that I work with) while walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift. :strong:
 
#17
Started in the Army and the 'never give up attitude' the when I became civpop I put on weight. Never stopped running or gym since (though there have been weeks when I have not done any).

I like my wife to look good and the flip side of the coin is she wants me to look good for her!

If you need further motivation then stroll past the 'golden arches' and see the customers...
 
#18
had to knock the running on the head for a while due to injury, but my motivation for going out and getting wet and coming home tired and sweaty was the complaints from lemon jnr because of the sweaty smell and also to ensure i finished in front of some of the younger members of my squadron who havent passed a pft in years
 
#19
Mr_Deputy said:
Music / radio is good. New MP3s have radios on 'em and that is about as good as it gets for me as love Radio 4 etc plus love my rock and house etc.
Bloody hell M_D, if that ain't two opposites i don't know what is! :)
 
#20
Two reasons, for me. Firstly, an over-active real ale-drinking gland means I'll turn into a fat knacker through no fault of my own if I don't go and work it off - although having a gym where I work does help with the motivation!

Secondly, my fiancee died suddenly last February a week after my mother's funeral and I needed to find some constructive way of dealing with the stress, or I'd just have been signed off onto benefits and been able to sit around all day not having to lift a finger and getting everything paid for....hang on, what am I saying?
 

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