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Was wondering if runners can answer this question
Motives of people who participate in running races and training preparation involved.
As my father was an avid long distance runner he introduced me to running at the age of 8 and once a week at his running club I would run a few kilometres with him. Gradually increasing my distance and once I was 18 I ran by myself. He taught me the value of sport, that running was a way of life, and I too now share a love and passion for running. I now have been running for 21 years, have run the South African comrades marathon twice and loved it.
My motivation comes from wanting to be fit and healthy and not a fat bugger. The races keep me on my game. If I don't have a race to train for I can ease off the training and easily put a bit of weight on.
Who wants to be one of these people that are so big they can hardly walk around, thats motivation enough for me!
There's a research questionnaire by Masters and Ogles which aims to looks at motivation for running a marathon specifically and they broke it down into broad categories of physical health motives / social motives / achievement motives and Psychological motives such, psychological coping, self esteem and life meaning.
In my research project I am looking at how marathon runners can build on motivational factors to increase resilience and so beat down those negative factors that can catch a runner out.
If you fancy taking part and you are running a marathon before Mid June then have a look for my thread on spring marathons (MSc research particpants required). Cheers.