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10/2/13 11:25 P

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new goal, new adventure, new people, new medal

many of the post said all this - I always need a challenge or I become complacent or robotic in my workout

with a goal I am focused and motivated all the time and will train with the variety necessary to be successful

A failure is only a failure if you don't get up and try again...author unknown


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8/23/13 3:22 P

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My primary motivation for racing is to have a new adventure! Whether it's seeing a new place and great scenery, meeting new people or hanging out with friends, or just the thrill of running with so many people, every race I've done is an experience and leaves me with stories to tell.

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8/23/13 3:01 P

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I race because races motivate me to train, and training keeps me healthy. Plus, I am a competitive guy and love the energy and the push of a race, plus I can challenge myself and get to put some medals on the wall and tell some really cool stories. And on some level I feel like I'm making up for not working as hard as I should have when I was younger and raced in high school. Making up for all my mistakes and using my lessons learned.

Edited by: TYKXBOY at: 8/23/2013 (15:06)
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8/22/13 9:56 A

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Lots of reasons, most of which are the same as previous posters'. I am much more likely to be motivated to get up early for a training run if I have a race scheduled. I also love the atmosphere of races--all the energy and excitement is so contagious and fun! I love bonding with friends who run with me (whether or not we physically run side by side or start together and wait for each other at the finish doesn't matter), I love competing with myself for PRs--and yes, I could just PR in my training runs, but it isn't quite the same. And, of course, I love the swag! :D

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8/19/13 9:20 P

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For the accountability, for the comraderie, for the BLING and the experience!

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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8/19/13 4:29 P

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I started running for the health benefits. I started doing races and I discovered a community that I liked. My wife calls them "your people."

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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8/19/13 10:05 A

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My reason: To see friends. The more people I know at a race, the more I'm likely to sign up.

Case in point: I'm doing Parks HM in 3 weeks simply because I look forward to seeing 50 or so friends there. If they weren't there, I wouldn't do PHM.

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8/18/13 11:22 P

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Mostly because I can. I like running - it makes me feel strong and powerful - even though I'm pretty slow. lol
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8/18/13 7:40 P

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I am a competitive person and I love to challenge and surprise myself. Try to beat myself, see where I place in my age group. I love new routes in cities that I love.

I especially love the positive energy of a race. There's so much news about how unhealthy we are that I always look around at races and think; wow! This many people PAID to do something positive and healthy. It's amazing to me and I am so happy to be a part of every race. I could go on and on...

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8/18/13 4:50 P

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Great article WINDSURFNERD!

I especially could relate to this part:

To know that we may not be able to finish something -- or to know that we'll suffer en route -- and to do it anyway. Not because someone is forcing us, not because we have to, but because we choose to.

I was scared to push that final button when I registered for my half coming up.
Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Live your life as though you are obligated to make the world a better place. Make a difference today.


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8/18/13 3:52 P

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I race because it's scary emoticon

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A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.

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8/18/13 10:21 A

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I just had a 10K yesterday. My reasons for racing are:

emoticon Because I Can
emoticon The Challenge
emoticon Running is Cheaper than Therapy
emoticon Racing makes me feel alive
emoticon Racing builds inner strength
emoticon Racing community...love the positive energy
emoticon Medals...Nough said!

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8/18/13 7:26 A

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My answers are the same as below of course. Motivation, excitement, bling, etc. I have also found the volunteer aspect a ton of fun! I love volunteering at the races and seeing the ranges of experience in the runners and being their cheerleader!
I love how I challenge myself with running and actually see myself meeting those goals. Running has not only helped me keep my weight down but it has really boosted my confidence.
Run On!

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8/17/13 6:41 P

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It's fun, and I enjoy having a goal to work towards, which motivates me to improve and do specific workouts, rather than just do the same middle-of-the-road run every time.

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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8/17/13 1:33 P

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For the bling of course!!! Lol. Plus it pushes me to keep moving. If I didn't have a schedule I'd brush off lots of runs (or any activities for that matter) But with an upcoming race in mind..I skip far less workouts.

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It's the only motivation that keeps me training. Otherwise, I never seem to really push myself on my runs. That and the energy from these events. Wow

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What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

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8/17/13 1:10 P

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I just wanted to make this an open-ended question because I was curious what motivates people to enter races. There are no wrong answers. emoticon

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