October 28, 2013

The best motivational phrases for your Road ID

My pacee for Savannah got me an awesome pacer gift, a Road ID. It's one of those things that I kept telling myself that I needed to purchase but never took the time to sit down and do it. Kind of like my multivitamins and mega reds.

In case you are not in the know, Road ID is a little bracelet that you wear with all of your important info on it, like emergency contacts and allergies, in case you get hurt while out running, or any other time. One of my top running goals is staying alive, which I try to accomplish by always carrying my cell phone, running against traffic, and wearing glowing safety vests and blinky lights. But there are many times at the end of long runs, especially the hot and humid Alabama summer runs, that I have caught myself doing stupid stuff like accidentally weaving out into traffic or misjudging the speediness of cars right before I cross in front of them. So Road ID is like insurance -- you hope you'll never need it, but you have it just in case.

I ordered the slim version.

After listing all of your medical info, you usually have a spot to list a motivational phrase or quote (as long as your medical info is short enough). Somehow when I got to this part of the process, I stalled for a long time. I'm sure I placed way too much importance on the five-word (or less) phrase that I could fit on there, but I really wanted it to mean something every time I read it. And I should be wearing this bracelet A LOT! So no lame phrases allowed.

Which is exactly why I solicited help from my friends on the Facebook. I had to share these because you people had some awesome ideas!

  • I did it for the cookie
  • Please stop my Garmin
  • Boston strong
  • Left foot, right foot
  • Miles to go before I sleep
  • I get to run
  • It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome
  • Always believe
  • Rock & Run
  • Tough as nails
  • Got to start to finish
  • _______ & _________'s mommy (fill in your kids' names, and change to daddy if you are one!)
  • One foot, other foot
  • Finish strong
  • Pain is an illusion, joy is real
  • Beats cleaning house
  • Beats 280 traffic (can be customized for your hated local road)
  • RFP (for Relentless Forward Progress)
  • Flying while wildly smiling
  • Do not accept defeat
  • Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me
  • Gump
  • Be kind*Be happy*Run
  • Run hard, live easy
  • Live to run, run to live
  • Just keep swimming (from Dorie in Finding Nemo)
  • This is BS
  • Sweat cleanses my soul
  • That voice in my head is a liar
  • Suck it up, buttercup
  • You've got this
  • I am strong

My personal favorite running mantra is "dig deep," but I wanted something that applied a little more to all of my life since I'll be wearing this thing all the day long. 

So what did I choose? You guys got me thinking, and the closest on the list to what I actually chose was the Dorie quote. Mine will say, "keep moving forward." Not as clever as "beats cleaning house," which I was really tempted to choose, but it has a lot of meaning for me personally.

My mother-in-law is the motivation behind the phrase I eventually chose. Ever since I've known her, she's constantly been in motion with farm and life activities, the personification of a worker bee (minus the lack of reproductive capacity -- she has 10 kids!). Lately she's been really, really sick. I rarely talk about it here on the blog because it's so personal to me and especially to Amory, but it's on our minds all the time. Even on her worst days, she is always trying to accomplish something, whether it be reading a story to one of the many grandkids, overseeing fence building on the farm, clipping coupons for her weekly shopping trip, or editing her perpetual to-do list. Her sickness limits her more on some days than others, but she just keeps moving forward, just adjusted for her current energy level. I wish I could express in words how much she inspires me with those actions. What I've always known about her, and what I want to be true for myself too, is that she will never give up. No matter what happens, she will keep pushing and moving forward in any way she can. 

And all of you distance runners (or any runners in general) out there know what it feels like to be pushed to your limits and want to quit. Even in training sometimes it feels like you're spinning your wheels. The true beauty of our sport, and life, is not in the big finishes (although those can be really fun too) -- it's in the process. There are no instant wins or finishes. Each race happens one footfall at a time, and as long as we keep moving those feet forward, we can keep finding satisfaction and joy along the trail.