Motivation to Run

“You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough.” – Bill Persons

Running is an individual sport. The sheer act of going out for the run can be a tough thing to conquer. Then there is the process of getting better – improving your time, improving your distance, improving you speed. These are things that you must do on your own to succeed at running.

Motivation is the only thing that gets us out there each and every day to separate ourselves from the world around us. What is your motivation?

My motivation can be broken down into a few different goals:

  1. To maintain a healthy weight and body fat percentage so that frankly, I look good (to me anyway!)
  2. To ensure my heart and cardiovascular system are operating at its peak condition at all time so that I can enjoy life with my wife and kids for a very long time.
  3. To say that I am a runner – I find people treat dedicated runners with a certain level of respect – running shows that you have your life together.
  4. To say that I have run races – a marathon especially. Again, there are only a handful of people who have actually run a race, especially a marathon, and I want to be one of those people.

So I ask again, what is your motivation to run?

“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’” – Peter Maher