Over recent years I’ve entered a lot of races. 10k, half marathons , even a marathon. People always ask why. There is one simple answer.
For the goodie bag.
That’s partly a joke – I like the support from the crowd and the variety in the route which makes running a long distance more palatable than just plodding down the same cycle route or park that I normally run in.
But essentially getting some food and a t shirt at the end is an incentive for me (want to be my friend- I’m very food motivated)!
I have a friend who literally runs for medals- she picks races based on what the medals are like!
I have another friend who does endurance events almost purely just to see how far they can push themselves.
In all our cases the event itself, location, the time we might get, our likely finishing place are almost irrelevant factors in our decision to take part.
Our motivation for doing incredibly challenging things doesn’t always have to be a story worthy of it’s own background music on a Britain’s Got Talent audition.
Do you struggle to set yourself a fitness goal? Is that because you can’t think of that thing that sets your soul on fire and when people ask you about it you can give a long inspirational speech about how an angel came to you one night and told you that you were destined to do this thing? Do you have something you’d quite like to try for whatever reason but that reason seems a bit superficial, silly even?
I run for goodie bags. You can do literally anything you want for any reason you want!