You know, it is pretty easy to be inspired by runners and their stories. There is rarely a runner’s blog that I stumble across or a story I hear that does not engage me, inspire me, and motivate me.
Most recently I came across the blog of Tracey Outlaw called “52.4 Miles in 48 Hours: Running for Parker.” Tracey’s an experienced runner, so there is a polish to his writing about running marathons not found here. The posts he shares and the bits of his life he puts out there are pretty insightful and inspiring, especially when he speaks of his reasons for running. Most recently it was to raise money, awareness and support for a young relative diagnosed with leukemia (hence the name of the blog) by running two marathons back-to-back. The challenge ended in December, but Tracey continues to share.
Tracey’s sharing, and just the way he expresses himself are pretty good reads. They engage and add a richness to his running stories.
His most recent post that hooked me into writing this post was Tracey breaking down his approach to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona marathon. In Race Day Plan and Inspiration, Tracey lays out pacing and personal motivation in five-mile increments for the race. I mean, he literally breaks down time and who he is committing each mile to. I think it’s pretty inspired, especially as a guy who finds a lot of my running being dictated by mindset and mood.
So, this has led me down a path of asking what are my motivations as I prepare for another marathon this season? Is there someway I can make it more about harnessing all this training, nerves, punishment and joy towards benefiting someone else, or another organization. In turn of course, I’ll benefit from a better peace of being, and hopefully a bit more determination when it comes to race day. At 35 I know I am a purpose driven guy. I must have one. I’m looking for another one beyond just saying I did better this time than I did the last. So, my thoughts on this percolate.
I would also ask anyone to respond with insights into why you run? What motivates you? Can you relate to Tracey? Done something similar? What reasons have you had to push yourself through those painful, boring miles of whatever race you were in?