What Motivated me to Sign up For a Half-Marathon
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.
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.)
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.
So, tell me, because I really want to know, how do you motivate yourself?