Having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now?

The other day, I ended my post with ‘the best approach to running a marathon lies in having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now”. I had no time to develop the idea so I’ll try to do it today.
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having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now”
I could have written “choosing a motivation” because, as recreational runners, we don’t have to run. If we run marathons, it’s because we want to run marathons. And if we want to run them, it’s because we have a motivation.
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Nobody obliges us to run so, once we have decided to run, we are free to decide why we run. It’s up to us to decide what makes us move, what makes us register and train for another marathon. It’s up to us to choose our motivation.
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“having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now”
Here is my point: there are many possible motivations “available” to run a marathon but not all of them are compatible with the pleasure we get from running.
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For instance, if we are happy because we feel our overall fitness is improving, because we enjoy our interval training sessions in the stadium, then a motivation orientated towards performance is compatible with our joy of running. And aiming at a new PB for our next marathon is a “good” motivation.
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On the contrary, there are months when we dread all the interval sessions we start because we are afraid of injuries or because we are slower than before and the only time when we feel happy during these sessions is the moment when they finally end and we head off to the shower. In this case, even if we still have many weeks to get ready before our next marathon, do you think that training with a new PB objective as our only motivation for next marathon is compatible with our pleasure of running?
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“having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now”
Pleasure is personal. What makes us happy matters, not what pleases our coach, our training mates, our neighbor or our job colleague. This is not a praise of selfishness because what brings us true joy will also please the people we really care about. And their pleasure will increase ours.
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“having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now
Years pass and change us. Our motivations and our sources of pleasure too. Hence the need for adaptation…
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(c) jacsonquerubin / flickr

3 thoughts on “Having a motivation that respects our pleasure to run now?

  1. I find your post quite interesting because I still haven’t figured out the pleasure in running. I find pleasure in the fact that I run, not the running itself. Most of the times I find it hard, but am always happy when I’ve done my training for the day. As for motivation… I don’t really know what motivates me. I guess it’s just a quest to be healthy and if I miss a run or two I just don’t feel good, and I think I then project that onto others. Am I rambling a bit too much here???

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