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URL: http://stressingfitness.blogspot.com/2012/02/inspire-motivational-to-fuel-fire.html

Inspire: Running motivational fuel fire

We just started a new series over at dailymile called Fuel + Fire. Last year, nearly 400 community dailymission submissions answered: What's your favorite motivational quote?

See the results in Mind Over Matter and Just Do It. Another post, Valentines: Don’t go breaking *your* heart, is an update on one I did here last year.

FYI: Expect more writing from me over at dailymile this year. While my 2011 team ambassadorship is soon over, happily, I'll continue as a weekly contributor. Look for my posts on Wednesdays.

In educational interest, article(s) may be quoted from extensively.

Intro from Mind Over Matter:

When I started up casual jogging in my 20s, I was surprised how hard it was to run more than a couple of miles at a time. When I wanted to increase my distance, my body balked and screamed, "I'm tired and cranky! My [insert various body part] hurts!" Mentioning this to a girlfriend (a steady runner),  she suggested, "When you think you can't run anymore, just keep going..." Can it really be that easy?I gave it a try. And, wonders, it worked.Even though I wasn't (nor wanted) to be a hardcore racer, I gradually increased my long runs from three to six miles using her mind over matter advice. Now, well into my 40s, my longest runs are in the double-digits, and I've got a few 20Ks and half-marathons under my fuel belt, too. While the marathon hasn't been a goal of mine (yet...it's on my bucket list), I'm amazed at what I can do when I tell myself to just keep going.Last year, when we asked what your favorite motivational quotesBill R. shared what George S. Patton, a U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian, said on the matter:

If you are going to win, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night.

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