A recent article featured in the Huffington Post examines the struggle of the post-new-years-resolution blues. A popular resolution usually involves some form of exercise and getting in shape. You tell yourself the New Year is going to be your year – you set a goal and start off very diligently. However, something gets in the way, you start making excuses and soon the initial motivation fades. “Enter the charity race, because when your running become less about you and more about humanity, you can’t help but get out the door in the morning.”
Currently, the only person keeping track of how often or far you run is you. Now that is certainly not a bad thing and in many cases that is enough. But for some, self-motivation doesn’t necessarily equal accountability. Enter public input. When you sign up for a race as a fundraising runner for a nonprofit, you will be required to solicit donations, which in most cases means reaching out to your family and friends across the country. This leads to one thing: Now that everyone knows you are signed up for a race, there is no backing out. Additionally, your family and friends are bound to be supportive and will likely come out to cheer you on, on the big day.
An entry into the big popular races
Gaining entry into a half or full marathon is not easy, especially as they continue to gain popularity. However, when you run for a charity, you are guaranteed an entry. You can find a list of nonprofits with guaranteed race entry on the race’s website. Or if you already have a charitable organization in mind, give them a call to see if they have a team joining the race.
It’s not about you
When you are running for a charity, it’s not about you. Sure, the act of running may have initially been about you (you started running to lose a couple pounds or just stay in shape in general) but after months of training and keeping at it, running may need to ultimately be about something (or someone) other than you. “There are hundreds of worthwhile causes, hundreds of cures to be found, and an abundance of awareness programs and platforms that all need your support. And when you are struggling to get a through a tough workout, fighting to just get the miles done, it helps tremendously to remember those miles have the ability to truly make a real difference in someone’s life.”
To read the original article in the Huffington Post, click here.