Inspired to Run

Last week, my husband and I watched a documentary film on Netflix called Running the Sahara. Its about three athletes who ran 50 miles a day for 111 days! It’s a great film and very inspiring. They travelled through 6 countries, 4,300+ miles (6,920 kilometers) by foot. To have the physical and mental capacity to do that, is really amazing!

Here’s the movie trailer.


We got so inspired by the film. So, over the weekend, my husband and I got up early and started our day with our morning run at the trail. No, we are not planning on running 50 miles everyday for 100 days! LOL! We’ll leave that to those three great athletes. 🙂

We ran 14 miles, our longest run so far! All of my runs have been below or at 13 miles from my half marathon races. I’d never really thought of increasing my mileage, until that day. From then on, I am convinced just how much power your brain can do when it comes to running. And we plan on slowly increasing our mileage every week, and hopefully soon, we’ll be ready to train for a full marathon.

It was so gorgeous that morning! The cool weather (40-50s degrees F) and the views of different colors of trees made our run very enjoyable. I love it! I love Fall Season!

They say, “running is 90% mental, and the rest is physical.” It’s true! It is a mental game. It’s the mental aspect that makes running so tough.

If your mind is not into it, chances are you’re not going to have a great run and you’re probably not going to get very far either.

Let see how this goes for me. I hope that as I go through my training, I can develop some sort of strategies to be strong mentally.

How about you? Do you believe that “mind over matter” is always true? What mental strategies do you use to help yourself through a tough run or a race? 

9 thoughts on “Inspired to Run

  1. naughteebits

    Congrats on your longest run! That’s awesome! And omg, I LOVED Running the Sahara! It was so motivational! It’s crazy, i just heard last week that Charlie Engle had gone to jail!!! Had no idea….

    1. jaml905 Post author

      I read something about Charlie Engle in jail for mortgage fraud. But he’s out now.

      I still love the movie. 🙂

      Thanks! ! ! 🙂

  2. haleymg12

    Running is definitely a mental thing. When I’m having a hard run I just keep telling myself I can do if & don’t give up. I also think of the people who are not as fortunate to be able to run (like my uncle who was a quadripaligic the last years of his life). He always said “I’ll be alright” when people asked how he was & how he was able to handle things. I got that tattooed on my arm so I remember that too.

    1. jaml905 Post author

      I will keep what you said in mind every time I feel lazy to run. We are so blessed that we are able to do things we love while others are not fortunate to do things they want to do. That is very touching, Haley. Thanks for sharing your inspiration to run.

  3. wanderingsneaks

    Omg this is just like my post yesterday! Youre absoutely right about our brain and running! But Lately I’ve been so motivated when I run! In my mind I say okay 8 miles today. And the I do a whopping 11instead! Next year I plan on running a marathon! Yay 26.2 futures!

    1. jaml905 Post author

      I read your latest post! That’s awesome! 🙂 I made a goal too, to run my first full marathon after getting pregnant (which we plan by next year, crossing my fingers).

      Cheers to our future goal! We can do this! 🙂

  4. Amy Lauren

    I think there’s definitely a ton of mental preparation involved in running! Glad you saw that movie and it inspired you, 14 miles is truly amazing but I don’t see how you would be bored because you have such beautiful scenery there with the leaves… our leaves here don’t really change because it’s a coastal community, but it’s still fun for running bc of beaches and bridges we have.

    1. jaml905 Post author

      I love fall season. The weather is just perfect to do my morning run. I don’t get tired easily and yes, the scenery is just gorgeous. 🙂

      I wish to run by the beach… someday. I grew up in a tropical country. I love beach, sun and sand. Aww… made me miss it. 🙂


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