inspiration – The Shrinking Jeans of Thea


January 15, 2010 By thea

I created my motivation wall a month or two ago after reading about Christie’s wall. I thought it was such an amazing idea, but I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a place where I would see it every day, but also not be an eye sore.

Then I realized the inside of my closet was the perfect place. I could make it semi-permanent and if the corkboard messed up the wall at all, who the hell cares? It’s in a closet!

So I went out to Staples and bought myself a 4 pack of 12×12 cork squares and a box of push pins. I put it all up on the wall and started putting stuff up.

Yes, it’s a little bare. I have a little trouble actually remembering to look for motivational stuff to put up there. But I absolutely love what I do have. You can see that I have a “Challenge Yourself” banner and I have the picture of me and Jacob from World Run Day.

I seriously love how bad ass my 6 year old son looks. Is that wrong?

Anyway, I found that my biggest problem is getting over the demons in my head, so I picked stuff that I thought would help remind me that I have the power to change things.  Me.  Oh, yes I do.

I also seem to be super hung up on my times for my races.  It was a real stumbling block for me in the beginning.  I thought I was supposed to run a certain speed in order to be considered a “real” runner.  So, I hung up my race bibs with my times written on them to remind myself that finishing is the only thing I have to do.  Times are going to change, but I will always have to finish once I start.

This one is my head in a nutshell.  Really, this is what running is all about.  Getting into your own head and defeating your own self doubt and overcoming your own restrictions.  It truly is me vs. me.

Because you know what?