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What Motivated me to Sign up For a Half-Marathon

Finding motivation to run
Three and a half weeks ago, I signed up for my longest race ever, a half marathon.  I am not a runner, actually, I hate running.  So, you might wonder, what would motivate me to sign up for a half-marathon, or even any race for that matter.

It began when a friend signed up for the Vancouver Girlfriends Half-Marathon, and in an act of solidarity, I agreed to register as well.  I wasn’t motivated at the time, but if all my girlfriends were gonna do it, sure, I’d suck it up and run a race.

Then came… nothing.  Well really, then came weddings and travel.  But, no running, no signing up.  With 6 weeks left to train for the half-marathon, I told myself, if I run three times this week,  I get to sign up for the race.  Finding motivation to run
So, I ran three times that week for a grand total of 4 miles.  I even ran in the hilly streets of San Francisco.  But, I also had a stomach bug that wouldn’t leave me alone.  So the running stopped.  And the registration was delayed.

One month left until the half-marathon, two hours before the registration costs went up $10, Annie and I found ourselves asking, are we really running a half-marathon in a month?  Well, earlier that week, we decided that if we managed to get a run in before the fee went up, we’d sign up.  So, there we were, 2 hours until deadline, and I told her I’d run that day, so I signed up.  But I hadn’t run at all.  (ha! Annie, if you’re reading this.)
Finding motivation to run

So, why did I sign up?  I could have easily opted out of the race.  After much thought and analysis (hey, there’s a lot of time to reflect when you’re running), I’ve determined the reason I signed up was for Discipline.
I lack discipline, something I’m now focused on changing.  In an effort to prove to myself that I can be disciplined and actually train for a half marathon, I signed up for a half-marathon.

So, discipline is my motivation.  Discipline is what makes me get out door and complete all my runs (even though it is soooo hard).   Many things can be inspiring (for example, your friends signing up for a race), but finding what motivates you is different.  Sometimes it’s a reward, like the feeling of satisfaction or pride, but for now, it’s my desire for discipline.  It keeps me running, and it’s what helps me stay productive with my time and with work.

Finding motivation to run

So, tell me, because I really want to know, how do you motivate yourself?


4 responses

  1. You may be surprised to hear this, but I also have no discipline. It has been an fierce and elusive adversary for most of my adult life. I rely heavily on Inspiration to shortcut discipline at every turn. If you love what you’re doing, then you can cheat the game a little. So I convince myself to love things, like work, and running, and cleaning the kitchen. This works up to a point, depending on your powers of self-delusion. There are other tricks, when the inspiration runs out. But for me, Inspiration is my best strategy. You’ve gotta find a way to love it! When that runs out? (And it always does!) Maybe that’s why Discipline always gets me in the end. .

    October 9, 2012 at 5:24 am

    • Awesome E Ben. I have totally tried your method of self-delusion! I have trouble kickstarting it, and when I do, I quickly become un-deluded.

      October 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  2. Jen Gardner

    Way to go Chippy.. I have had thoughts of trying to be a runner as well lately. Being a thrower in a college i laughed at the idea of running.. I think it would be a huge accomplishment and also shock others. My mind is slowly getting there i just need to fully get there. Maybe ill sign up for a 5k or something.. Good luck in your half marathon this weekend! Love the pics as well with the post. Great product shots! 🙂

    October 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    • maicamera

      Awesome Jen! I have a friend who (in response to this blog post) said that her motivation is doing whatever her mind thinks she can’t do. Let me know if you sign up for a 5k! I’m sure there’s tons around this running town 🙂

      October 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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