Yesterday I ran in a local road race. What motivates me to keep signing up for races and running? I love getting outside on a daily basis, feeling the wind in my hair and the sun on my face. I like pushing my body to go faster or farther; and on other days I really enjoy poking along, simply enjoying moving.
But it’s really all about the prizes!
At the Duck Run in West Arlington, all four of us from my running group earned ribbons in our age group. That means we placed in the top three of our age group, in this case grouped by decades. I’m in the 50-59 age group, just in case you’re wondering! It feels wonderful to hear your name called, walk up to receive your ribbon, and hear the cheers from your friends and neighbors.
My 16 year old son wasn’t impressed with my ribbon, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I set a goal, put in the training, ran hard, and ended up with a very cool ribbon.
What motivates you to run, or walk, or bike, or swim – or whatever type of activity appeals to you? Let us know!