I recently read a book called Get Off Your A-- and Run! The author said that to motivate herself, she got a picture of a shapely, fit actress in bikini and put it on her mirror. Each day, she would stand naked in front of the mirror repeating, "You fat b--ch! You fat b--ch!" while looking from herself to the beautiful woman in the picture.
I think that sounds rather crude and self-deprecating, but in principle I thought it might be a decent idea. Then I saw the race pictures from last weekend's Possum Kingdom trail run and decided nobody shaped like that can be a good trail runner.
I figured Kelly might not be too thrilled about my putting pictures of gorgeous girls in bikinis on the bathroom mirror, so I found a picture of one of the greats, Dean Karnazes, the ultramarathon man. I have put it on my mirror, along with a picture of myself at Possum Kingdom looking rather big around the middle. I don't stand naked before the pictures chanting "You fat slob" or anything like that, but it's a good reminder to me.
Karnazes, sometimes known as Karno, has inspired me with his long runs, great running spirit, and desire to get even the most slothful among us moving. I figure I could do worse that to make a habit of asking, "What would Karno do?" So, would Karnazes get a 44 oz. Dr Pepper every time he stops for gas? (And even sometimes when he doesn't need gas?) Would he drink Dr Pepper at all? Would Karnazes load up on sweets just because you can fill a whole box for a dollar on Fridays at the work cafeteria? Would Karnazes skip a run just because he's feeling tired and lazy? Would Karno walk those last few miles of the trail run or push himself to finish strong?
I'm no Dean Karnazes, but that guy's older than I am, and still runs competitively in ultras and trail races. We'll see if asking WWKD? will help me get into better shape and start looking and feeling like an ultrarunner!