There are many times I just don’t like running and think why do I bother but I know if I stop I won’t hit my targets and that wouldn’t be acceptable. This is what keeps me going!
Now don’t get be wrong, I do have times I enjoy my running as well but I think the most satisfaction I get is from hitting a target. I even find it hard to accept a PB if I haven’t hit my main target but I am learning to accept PB’s regardless of the level of PB. I have PB targets set in the following categories: Poor PB, Decent PB, Target PB and Stretch PB.
My recent 10k PB was a poor PB but I have accepted that it was a PB and I did my best during the run so I have to be happy. Sometimes I don’t hit a target at all but I always know if I keep at I will (this goes for work and running).
I also get a lot of satisfaction from looking at a photograph and seeing that my technique is getting better. It is a long way from being perfect but I know the more I work at it the better I will get and the closer I will get to my long term targets.
I realise that not everyone is driven by targets and most people run for the enjoyment of running I just don’t understand how they enjoy it all the time!?