Someone recently asked, what motivates me to run 100 miles in India? After thinking about it for a while I realized my motivation for India, the triathlons leading up to it, the daily workouts, etc., was bigger than one event.
We’re all motivated by different things. For example, I’m motivated by things that are beyond me and out of the ordinary. I hate it when people say others can’t do something because they’re too young or too old. I hate being lumped into a category just because that’s the way it is for most people. We’re all individuals and unique. We all have different dreams and callings for life. But unless we set goals we’ll likely never reach them. Goals push us beyond what’s comfortable and they keep us actively participating in whatever it is we’re doing.
What motivates me to run 100 miles in India…
I don’t want to be lumped into a category that says I can’t still achieve meaningful physical accomplishments because… I’m in my 40s, I have a busy career, I have a family or whatever else. 100 miles in India is not an end in and of itself, it’s a goal along the way, part of a bigger motivation to do something unique and out of the ordinary and to show others it can be done.
What motivates you? You don’t have to run 100 miles in India. Maybe it’s a 5k in Indiana. The important thing, particularly when it comes to your health, is to try. The hardest part is getting started but once you do you’ll love the journey.