Motivation: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know I'm not a New Year's resolutions kinda gal. So this isn't a post about that, but rather about continuing on as I've begun. Last year, I lost my buddy/training partner/motivational force, Bhen. I've not ever been one of those folks who grooves on exercising and in fact, HATE IT. Give me a good book and my knitting and a comfy chair, and I'll park myself for hours (days?). Riding was a really good way to keep me out of the chair and moving, but without Bhen I realized by about August of 2012 that I wasn't going to be able to crowbar myself out of the chair if I didn't do something other than sit in it. So I took up running.
Now, I'll come clean and say I'm not very good and not very fast and I still HATE IT, but I go make myself get on the treadmill and run 3 miles every other day. And pretty much the only thing that motivates me to do this is listening to music while I run. I tried reading, but it makes me kind of seasick to be bouncing up and down and trying to read, so music it is. I have a "workout" playlist on my iPhone and I plug that into the speakers on the treadmill, crank that up and go along.
So since the knitting/fiber content has been pretty sparse in these parts, here's a little sample of some of the tunes that keep me running. Do you have any favorites that get you going?
A new-to-me artist, Daughtry. I actually had no clue he was an American Idol contestant - I don't watch the show - and he didn't win it apparently, but I like almost every song on his "Leave this Town" album. Several of these, including this one, are my pace songs to get me kicked off and started.
And an oldie, but a goodie. Because really... the classics are always appropriate. I save this one for my final sprint for the last quarter mile.
And finally, from the "eclectic" definition, a fun little girl-power tune:
All for now......