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I have multiple motivations, depending on whether or not you are looking at long/short term. Long term, I just simply want to be healthy when I get older. I'm 51 and in the best shape of my life and would like to keep it that way. I don't want to become what I call a "potted plant" - if you've ever seen the nurses wheeling the old folks out to a window to "get sun" in a nursing home, you know what I mean. To that end, I run (50 miles a week), and I do bench work (weigh lifting) 3 or 4 times a week - not to bulk up but to maintain and shape. I also hike as frequently as I can with my wife and as soon as the snow begins we are going to take up snow shoeing.
We'd also like to learn rock climbing and take up a martial arts but that's for the future.
In the short term my goals mostly revolve around my running and improving my race times. I set several pr's this year and got my half marathon down to a respectable 6:56 pace which I want to lower further to a 6:45 or better in February.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot
“Do or do not... there is no try.”
“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within."
”Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)
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In my case, it's the fear of getting old. I've always been superactive and just the thought of losing my ability to do the things that I love to do gives me the kick in the butt to make mostly good choices. Already I am the only grandparent that my grandchildren have that is still able to run with them. I'd like to be able to do that for a long time yet.
Life is good!
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Please join me there!
I try to keep motivated by signing up for races. I don't run them entirely, I 'wog' them (walk, jog) But I keep trying to beat my last time!
This is a very good question.
And children / family is very much the answer for me as well.
My children are older...ages 34,32,27,24...but still quite a motivation.
The one who is 32, lives in Wales...me in California...and she is a step child and has the only baby so far. I hope one day to be a Grandma and share the outdoors with my grandchild. I need to be in good shape!
Become the change you wish to see in the world.
For me it's my kids. My older boy is almost 6 and is already starting to push me to keep up with him. www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3
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