Tip 8: Do It For A Reason!
Ok. I’ve been on vacation, traveling and I took a break from my blog. But surely time has brought more discipline and focus to our running, right? We are running more regularly, with more passion, regularity and intensity. Yes? No?
Ok. Still, we need motivation. Here’s where Tip 8 comes in.
Tip 8: Stop running just for you.
Choose a purpose for your running. Choose a cause; an organization; a benefactor; a friend. Choose something or someone who could benefit from your running and commit to them; him; her.
The people in this picture are paddling for peace.
If the caption read: a group of fun-loving friends enjoying padding along the river. This would not have carried as much clout, right? This is the point of Tip 8.
We had our first child in June 1997. We had lost our first friend that year, too. I needed motivation to carry on and care for myself and do a simple thing called running. So, a friend and I decided to sign up for the Paris Marathon. We ran it for our friend. I ran it for him and me. Committing to that run made me commit to more than just training. It made me focus on doing something bigger than something just for me. At the end of that race I felt like a special person. I had endured tough circumstances as a nursing mom to get those miles in — no need for details here — it was challenging! So crossing that finish line meant so much on so many levels. I loved it. It became a lifelong memory.
Worth it? Definately.
May your next run be a good one.