One thing that I see a lot of people mention as a running tip and it’s also everywhere in magazines, running blogs, and websites is in order to stay motivated to run you should have a goal. A challenge.
I’ve seen people who always are always training for something. They sign up for races so they always have a goal and have a training plan so they have a reason to run. Or some people want to become faster or work on their strength, so they train for and focus on that. It seems that the majority of people need to have some sort of goal to work towards so that they stay motivated to keep running.
I’m about to tell you a little secret about me.
I am completely, 100% NOT a goal orientated runner. Having to follow and stick to a training plan makes me want to eat my head. Meaning it drives me crazy.
It’s way too much pressure and it stresses me out. What if 5 miles is on the schedule for that day but it’s raining? Or I’m tired? Or I just plain don’t feel like kicking 5 miles that day because I don’t have the time that morning. What then?
If I miss a day or need to switch up the schedule, it makes me feel like I’m not training properly and then I think I’m going to get injured which will put me off running and then, and then, and then…. Ack!
I cannot handle it.
This is why when I train for a half, I do it on my own. I know how my body works (which is another post we need to discuss) and I know that I’m way more happy being able to do my own thing on my own time than having to stick to a plan.
I’m also highly self-motivated. I’m one of those people that some runners find annoying. I’m the runner who genuinely loves to run and I will run just because. I love the way running makes me feel and I love having achieved something to get my day started. I race because they are fun and I feel a sense of accomplishment at the finish. I don’t need the races to motivate me to run.
Everything I read makes me feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t need a goal or race to stay motivated to keep running. This can’t be true right?
What’s your running personality? Do you need a goal or do you get your run on just because you like it?