When prepping for the 50k race I did in October I set a goal of finishing in the top 25. I felt I might even have a shot at breaching the top 10-15 if I had an excellent day. I got so engulfed in that goal that it drove the pace of my training to new heights and helped me to dig deep and push harder. Then end result was a 25th place finish out of 115 runners. It felt great to accomplish it but the motivation for doing so was mostly self centered……this of course did not strike me until the hours following the race.
It is great to set goals and engulf yourself in them to try to achieve greatness. We all need goals and role models to look up to for motivation. As I have been organizing and trying to figure out how to stay motivated to run 100 miles this year in preparation for the 100M4HUNGER run I realized that the source of your motivation or ambition is crucial to the success of reaching your goal and achieving fulfillment at the same time.
I dwelled on this a lot in the days after the 50k and thought what am I missing?….Why is this not such a great feeling?
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
This is where the concept of 100M4HUNGER really hit me. To run for the eternal prize would be an honor. It would be filled with great reward. The reward would extend to thousands of souls and not just mine. The parts missing were a purpose worth running for and a role model worth looking up to. I did lean on my faith while training for the 50k but not as much as I had planned….the new goal is to read the entire bible in 2014 and do so with the hope of keeping me grounded in Gods word so that his greater purpose for me will be revealed. I will write/blog a post to share daily for those who want to see it to help me process what I read each morning. If you would like to join me in this journey you can do three things.
- Join our 100M4HUNGER 365 Facebook Group: Here you can follow a YouVersion plan: The One Year Bible for 2014 and post or comment on a SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) daily. It will be a great way to read through the Bible and be encouraged by others doing the same. Click here to Join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/100M4HUNGER365/
- Join our 100M4HUNGER Facebook Event: By joining our 100M4HUNGER Event will be informed how you can participate in feeding 1,000,000 kids.
- Visit 100M4HUNGER.COM: Find out everything you need to know about 100 mile run to raise money to feed 1,000,000 kids through Convoy of Hope. For more details check out www.100M4HUNGER.com