Bridget Runs the World: Motivation, Mindfulness and Money

I’m making great progress towards the 10-mile finish line in the 2019 HAP Crim Festival of Races. I ran almost nine miles with my CrimFit Training group the other night, when just a few months ago, I could hardly run around the block! I’ve made it this far with a combination of motivation, mindfulness and a little money.

Since I began sharing my story via this blog, I've had people reach out to me to share their own stories. Why they started running in the first place, how they became addicted to it, or, maybe they admitted to not really loving it, either. I’m motivated by the fact that people are watching me, cheering for me, and looking to me for advice on how they can achieve their goals. It's humbling when people say I'm inspiring them.

How can I not succeed when I have this responsibility?

A few weeks ago, it was broiling hot and my group was scheduled to run seven miles. I sat behind my desk at work, almost in tears, dreading the clock moving towards our 6 p.m. start time. It was the voices of the people who say I inspire them I heard, telling me I can do it, I must do it.

And guess what? I did.

One of the ways I’m managing this sense of additional responsibility is through mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D as, “Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” I learned ways to focus on “what’s important now” and got lots of great insight into the benefits of mindfulness practices like meditation at a seminar hosted by the Crim Fitness Foundation this past Spring called Mindful Leadership. This program helped me realize that by paying closer attention to my own thoughts and feelings, I can have a much better handle on the world around me.

Even though the CrimFit Training Program comes with lots of freebies and discounts, I have had to spend some money to get this far. Virtually everyone I’ve sought advice from has mentioned the importance of a good pair of running shoes – which I recently bought for close to a hundred dollars! I also chose to buy a hydration system – it’s like a little belt that goes around my waist and holds a couple of small bottles of water, my phone and my keys. There are also lots of totally optional, but nice-to-have little extras. A massage here and there, some new footies, or a cute tank top.

Luckily I didn't have to spend any money to work out at the University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center, because six free visits are included with the training program. There’s a pool, hot tub and sauna and, of course, weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment and group fitness classes that I can take part in. It’s a great option for super hot days or just to mix things up a bit.

I’m ready to rock this last month of training and start the countdown clock. See you on the bricks!

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