Whenever I go out for a run I never consider that someone I actually know will see me. Especially since we've moved here TX. I don't know a ton of people here yet so the chances of people actually knowing me is VERY slim!
Well, Monday morning I was "spotted" if you will. It was a great run for the most parts. There were a few parts where I wishing that my legs would show up to the party, but other than that- it was great. The weather was fantastic! There was actually a breeze!! That never happens in the Houston area... no really. The wind shows up for hurricanes but that's about it. Anyways, it was a good 6 miler our and back run.
I had work after the run and a co-worker came up to me and said "I saw you running this morning!" The first thing that came to mind was "oh my gosh... I hope I didn't look like a complete idiot. Hope he didn't see me when I got to that one corner and felt like I was going to die."
He then proceeded to tell me how motivating it was to see me out running. Huh? What? See, I work at a gym and most of my co-workers are pretty fit and they exercise quite a bit and I sometimes feel a little intimidated. So, when he said it was motivating I was a little baffled. He then explained that he wanted to start getting out and exercising in the morning. He was all excited and kept coming up to me for the rest of the day and saying, "I am going to start this tomorrow morning. I feel real good about it." He even thanked me for going out running that morning. He isn't a runner (yet) but maybe someday!
I guess that made me feel pretty good- even though I am still pretty embarrassed that someone actually saw me haha... I know I get wicked sweaty and can look like a total wreck- but it's nice to know that all the hard work I put into my runs are noticed and sometimes even enough to motivate.
Want to hear another secret? My dad and his girlfriend went on a cruise to Alaska this last week (lucky!). My sister called me last night and she told me that my dad told her that on one of the last days there the cruise had a 5k walk that was benefiting cancer. So, I guess it was like x amount of laps around the boat. Now, you need to understand that my dad's health isn't in tip top shape and I do worry about him often. He has a lot of health conditions, but one that makes his life more difficult is that his legs sometimes go numb on him and he can't walk for long periods of time and is in a lot of pain. But, guess what? He walked the stinkin' 5k!! It took him a while, but he did it! I think that's motivating! I know he's probably hurting from it- but someone who has a hard time walking totally stepped up to the plate and got it done! Way to be, Dad!!
Has anyone ever told you that you motivate them? What motivates you?