This article was published on August 25th, 2014
Some days it can be pretty challenging to get up the motivation to run. Regardless if it’s a training run or race day, finding a reason to putting your best foot forward, challenging yourself, and finding your inner strength is really important, but so is dedicating your run.
Dedicating your runs means that you are running with purpose. You are doing it for a reason.
On longer runs, especially in races, you’re often running on your own and motivation can be difficult to find, especially when you are alone. By dedicating your run to a friend, family member, loved on, or even someone you admire who you’ve never met before, you get additional emotional fuel to power your run.
Some marathon runners dedicate portions of their race to family members. This is a good way to get through the race without letting your mind wander, thinking about the pain and distance remaining.
Other people sign-up to run a specific race, and will train and run the race in honour of someone else. This is common, especially when someone has battled a serious disease like cancer, and they will raise funds for a charity. If this is you, remember all throughout your training and one race day why you are doing it. The suffering you are experiencing is often a fraction of the challenges a cancer patient goes through.
Words can also be highly motivational. If you are the type of runner who runs to eat, then think about that hamburger, pizza or other comfort food that you’ll be enjoying after you’re run.
Whatever your reason for running, always keep in mind the reason why you are running and dedicate your run. If it helps, you can keep a small personal item on you that will remind you of why you’re running. It could be a pink ribbon if you run for breast cancer, a photo of the person who has inspired you, an index card written with your bucket-list, or even a name or keyword written down the length of your arm in black marker.
Enjoy running and do it with passion!