The Fire Within
In the midst of my morning perusal of Facebook postings I came across a quote that hit home
We all go through periods when the Fire within needs to be stoked. It doesn’t matter what the Fire is: a relationship, a career or a fitness goal, the Fire has to be fueled or it dies. Right now my fire for working out is barely burning. There have been times when it’s been a signal fire and times when it’s gone down to glowing embers. I’m still getting it done including those weekend “long runs”. But many days I feel as if I’m just going through the motions. The passion, the Fire, is a weak flame.
A couple of weeks ago Evolved Mommy, a blogger buddy, sent me a friend request on RunKeeper. I ignored it. Sorry Stephanie. It isn’t that I don’t want to be her RunKeeper friend, it’s that I don’t have ANY Runkeeper friends. It’s not one of the tools I use to stoke my Fire. So I took an informal poll on my Facebook page about using phone App friends as workout inspiration. Most responses indicate that people feel more accountable when they know their “friends” are watching. Instead of it just being a friend who knows when you don’t meet up at the gym for a while, or they don’t see you at the weekly group run, you have a community of online cheerleaders who may not ever share a workout space with you. I only use RunKeeper on my long runs to make sure I do the distance. I’m not using it to its full potential for training programs or for sharing my runs. I don’t share my runs on Facebook or Twitter except to maybe say “hey, I did ___miles today, did you get your workout in?” Am I missing opportunities to stoke the Fire in others and to find people who might help stoke mine when it wanes? Probably.