Recently, I’ve discovered something invaluable about the sport of running, particularly, in disparity with the term “training.” Yes, when we run, we train our bodies to become better at running and better overall athletes. However, being an aspiring ultra runner with each race spacing months and months apart from each other, ‘How does one maintain some level of motivation throughout “training” for these spaced races?’, I thought.
For me, with my first real race about 7.x months away, it’s actually been easy. Motivation and positive personal feedback don’t have to come in the concrete/tangible form of results from a sheet of paper. Running is much more than that. My motivation seems to lie within the actual physical movement of gliding over the dirt and through the woods and natural terrain in my minimalist shoes. That, in itself, is motivation for the next day. Each day is motivation for the next because of how pure and supernatural the sport of running can be. I look forward to going to sleep each night so I can wake up the next morning to run on the trails. I don’t need racing (for now) or results. I am motivated by my surroundings combined with the internal “flow” and peace and oneness and continuity that running provides me.
Spacing out these large scale ultra trail races is nice because of how important each one will be when I make the weekend trip to these locations. With that being said, I am very anxious and confident to be racing the IAT 50 for 6-7 hours this upcoming Spring. May 14 can’t come quickly enough.