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Motivation – Challenges – They Help Runners Excel

When I started out a little over a year ago, running sad little mile and a half bursts from  my house, I had motivation.  I was getting too heavy.  I felt tired all the time.  I needed a “comeback” and so, I set a goal.  I wanted to run 100 miles from August when I started to my birthday that October 28th.  I came in ahead of that challenge, and so, I set another one.  I signed up for the Dismal Swamp Half Marathon in April, trained all winter, and again – I succeeded.  Then there was the 5K a Day in May challenge (I fell slightly short of that, three days, I think, because I injured my foot).  In July I signed up to finish 100 miles in July and get a nifty belt buckle.  I wear that buckle every day, and have exceeded 100 miles a month ever since.

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 More recently we had a team challenge in one of the Facebook groups I’m part of.  We were supposed to pick a mileage goal from August 1st to October 1st.  Unfortunately, I thought it sayd August through October, and I said I’d go 300 miles.  I only got 237, but that’s fine… it was the challenge that did it.

Now I’ve set myself a new challenge.  I’m not only a runner, I’m an avid football fan.  I’m not only an avid football fan – I’m a rabid SAN DIEGO CHARGERS fan.  I live on the east coast now, and that makes it hard.  I haven’t seen them live since one of the companies I worked for a while back took me to see them in the new Redskins stadium.  We lost, but that didn’t matter.

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This year, I’ve decided that, since I can’t stop myself from saying “WE” are going to go all the way this year, and since I know I can’t get out on the field and help, that I’ll do SOMETHING … because it’s better than nothing, and because it is a new goal. I have several now, and I’ll see them all complete about the same time.  I will run 1000 miles this year (probably by early December).  I will also run 254.6 miles between the 1st of October and the Superbowl – the distance down Highway 8 from San Diego to Phoenix.  I figure, if they are going to work all season to get there, the least I can do is put in some personal effort.

If you’re a fan, and you have some bit of Chargers memorabilia – shirts, hats, bandannas, whatever, and you want them to go with me on one of my runs, send them along.  If you have suggestions on how I can use this running to benefit a charity, I’m all ears.  If you happen to know Philip Rivers, let him know I’m out there, pounding the pavement and thinking about February.  Heck, I even have a Jackalope decked out in all my running “Bling” – race medals, a Chargers pennant – and who knows?  Virtually running across the mountains into Arizona, I might see a relative of his…

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If you are a runner – keep finding goals.  You are welcome to join our Facebook Group –Team Badass, Miles & Smiles.  We’d love to have you.   Me?  Time to hit the road.  I’ve only done 11.5 miles in the last two days, and I have a LONG way to Phoenix…

David Niall Wilson

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