Mondays have traditionally been rest days for me, but I decided to do some yoga this morning. "Yoga Mondays" will be replacing my typical "rest and do nothing" days because I really need to work on my core strength, balance and flexibility this year. I have a new approach to my training and a renewed sense of motivation...which is good (I think) because I have quite a few lofty goals for 2015...
this article on the 12 habits of highly motivated runners and decided to convert it into a "test" format (as you can see I'm back in teaching mode for my online classes and naturally that is spilling over to the blog post for today). And because "tests" are no fun without a grade I created a little scoring criteria so that you can grade yourself accordingly.
rules "instructions": answer the questions below (be honest with yourself!); total your score (see grading criteria at the end); review how motivated you are as a runner (in a purely unscientific analysis); make plans to improve or continue on the same path!
Ok, here goes....the "How Motivated Are You?" quiz***
How did you score? I got 18 which isn't too bad, but there are still several things I need to work on...like getting more sleep and cooking more often ;)1. Do you run in the morning?a. Yes! At least 3 times a weekb. No, but I run at other times regularlyc. This test is about running???2. Do you strength train regularly (weights/plyometrics)?a. Yes, I strength train regularly and safelyb. I strength train occasionallyc. I think weight benches are best used for hanging laundry3. Do you cross train regularly?a. I cross train regularly on my non-running daysb. I try to fit in a few non-running activities each monthc. I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me4. Do you eat a lot of vegetables?a. I eat a lot of vegetables in a variety of colorsb. I have a salad now and thenc. French fries are vegetables right?5. Do you warm up before a run; stretch & foam roll after a run?a. I warm up, stretch and foam roll regularlyb. I do one of these three activitiesc. No L6. Do you unplug on the run once a week?a. Yes, I believe in having one "tech-free" run each weekb. Maybe, once a monthc. Unplug?? Really?? What would I post to Facebook if I did that???7. Do you cook at home often?a. I believe in having regular, healthy, home cooked meals at least 4-5 times a weekb. If "often" means once a week then yesc. Buying food every day allows me to support the economy. It's a public service really. You're welcome.8. Do you have one weekly long run?a. Yes, I dedicate one of my runs as my long runb. I have a long run every 2 weeks or soc. Define "long"… is that like a 2K?9. Do you get enough sleep?a. Yes, I aim for 8 hours every nightb. I get 5-6 hours of sleep each nightc. HA! Sleep is for the weak!10. Do you apply sunscreen before every run?a. Yes, I believe that protecting my skin from harmful UV rays is vitally importantb. Occasionally, if I remember, I will put sunscreen onc. Next question please…11. Do you eat breakfast every day?a. Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the dayb. I try and have breakfast most morningsc. Does coffee count as breakfast?12. Do you minimize the amount of time you're sitting?a. I try and get up and walk around often during the dayb. I get up and walk once or twice a dayc. I sit all day, every dayScoring:A: 2 pointsB: 1 pointC: 0 pointsNow total your score…18-24: Highly MotivatedWhile we all have areas we can improve upon, you are definitely heading in the right direction. You have most of the habits of a highly motivated runner J Great Job!11-17: Moderately MotivatedWell…you have some work to do but don't worry, all is not lost. Maybe you run on occasion for fun, or maybe you just haven't been able to develop all of these habits yet. There is still hope, don't give up!0-10: Not really motivatedHmmmm, ok, here's the thing….some of your habits could use some work. You did know that this quiz was about running right? Never-the-less, we all have to start somewhere. Try changing 1 or 2 habits at a time and stay focused!
Regardless of what you scored ("aka" how motivated you are) running should be fun. Continue running as long as you are enjoying every aspect of the process.***DISCLAIMER: There is no science behind this "quiz". All the questions are based on the habits discussed in the article, but the answer choices are my own (and therefore completely and wholeheartedly unscientific). Have fun with it and remember that "motivation" is subjective…after all, you're only running for yourself :)
How do you deal with periods of "low motivation"?
What motivated you to start running? What motivates you to continue?
Comment below to post your score...don't be afraid, this is a safe place :)