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I love to use my imagination to motivate myself while running

I love to use my imagination to motivate myself while running.

I love to run as you may already know. There are times (believe it or not), when I get tired or for some reason I seem to be running out of steam too soon.

This morning was one of those times. For some reason, just two miles into the run, I was feeling a bit more tired than usual. I slowed down a little to catch my breath and gain some energy.

I turned left at a major intersection and was on sidewalk that had many plants and bushes within arms reach. I started touching the leaves as I ran by.

Then a bright idea came to mind: these tress, plants and bushes were on the sidelines and were high-fiving me as I passed by them. I started touching all of the plants that I could reach imagining in mind that the tall ones were adults and the short ones were children. The ones that were a bit further away, I thought were lazy because they didn’t want to stretch their arms out. I still reached out to touch them.

At some point during my mind game, I noticed, I didn’t feel tired anymore. So I ran happy.

And still high-fived the plants till I reached my destination.

Thanks for the motivation, my spectator plants.

I love to use my imagination to motivate myself while running!

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I love to run long distances by myself

I love to run long distances by myself.

I enjoy the time alone. I don’t listen to music when I run so it gives me time to think, reflect and meditate a little.

I also enjoy appreciating my surroundings. I try to observe things that I may not otherwise see when I am driving by a place.

I love to run through new places I have never seen before. I love to take in the sights.

I love to run long distances by myself!

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I love to run in the rain

I love to run in the rain.

I love the feeling of the rain falling on me as I run along. I love to splash through puddles. I love to feel the rain on my head. I love the water falling down my face.

It’s fun! It reminds me of being a kid again (even though I don’t remember ever running in the rain as a kid :). It’s an awesome feeling.

I love feeling refreshed as I run.  I love having the street or sidewalk to myself since hardly anyone else is out running.

I love to think that people think I am crazy because I run in the rain. I find that funny. Yes, I am a little crazy and weird, but isn’t everyone in their own way. Most people don’t show it though.

I don’t mind because…

I love to run in the rain!

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I love to run in races

I love to run in races.

I love the thrill of competition. It gives me the extra motivation to try a little harder. I love the camaraderie, too!

I love to run in races!

I love to contribute to a good cause

I love to contribute to a good cause.

I love to contribute not just money but time as well.

In Panama, there was a nonprofit group called FANLYC, the Foundation of Friends of Children with Leukemia and Cancer, which annually hosted a big event called the 24 hour Relay for Life. Companies normally sponsor their employees and family members and friends to a point. Each lap that was completed contributed additional funds to the foundation.

There was a small group of us runners that wanted to go the extra mile and a bit more (literally). So the Ultra Amigos was formed.

Our goal was to stay out at the event the entire time and to get the maximum number of laps and hence contribute more to the foundation through the companies that were sponsoring us.

I loved that experience of doing something I love, running, and contributing to a greater cause.

I love to contribute to a good cause!

I love the cool morning breeze

I love the cool morning breeze.

I love to feel the freshness on my skin during and after a good morning run.

I love to breath in the early morning air it feels refreshing, reinvigorating and energizing. A fabulous way to start a morning.

I love the cool morning breeze!

I love to run in corporate races

I love to run in corporate races.

I love the energy. I love the hustle and bustle. I love the excitement.

I love the camaraderie. You get to experience something with people on a more personal level.

You get to see your colleagues exert themselves physically and oftentimes surpass their expectations.

I love to share the feeling of satisfaction and triumph after the race. I love to share war stories of happenings while running.

It brings people closer together and it enables better collaboration on the job, too.

I love to run in corporate races!