Goals are always a personal thing. What motivates you might do the complete opposite to another person. Here are five major goals motivating runners. What’s your goal that will fuel you to the finishing line?
To improve one’s fitness.
Everyone wants to be fit, or at least fitter. There’s no doubt that getting ready for a marathon will increase your fitness levels, even if you walk the whole distance.
To raise money for charity.
With so many places reserved for charities by the organisers of the most notable marathons, it’s inevitable that as many as 85% of the participants are running for some of the country’s numerous registered charities.
To celebrate a significant event.
Whether you’ve turned 40, got married, had children or found a new job, running a marathon is a perfect way to celebrate – providing you do your training to make it an unforgettable experience.
To be part of a team.
Whether it’s at the championship end of the race or whether you’re just joining your work colleagues, being part of a team united in completing the marathon challenge is a great motivator.
To break a record.
You don’t have to be a record-breaking superstar to do it, there are lots of running records that can be broken during a marathon – you just need to think laterally. You can be the fastest runner dressed as a clown, you can ‘run’ the marathon on stilts or you can run the race with a milk bottle on your head or run backwards. All these records are broken more times than the world records themselves.