Motivation Monday: Cross It Off Your Bucket List

Again and again, I’ve found a way to stay motivated in my fairly new running habit…

Work at crossing off my bucket list races!

There’s a very distinct formula I follow for this. I pair a race distance I haven’t yet tried with a city I’ve been meaning to visit. What I ended up with was an awesome bucket list of races. Planning for and setting personal and running PRs has never been more rewarding.

I recommend taking races in increments: I started off with 5Ks, moved up to 10Ks, then started registering for half marathons and sprint triathlons. Then I put a few marathons on the horizon to keep me focused each and every week. Here’s a general guideline you can consider following:

  • If you’re just starting out, think about signing up for a 5K or 10K race.
  • If you’ve been running 3-5 miles a few times a week, consider signing up for a half marathon.
  • If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, consider signing up for a marathon.
Now that I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive bucket list of runs I want to do in cities I’ve wanted to visit, I’m working on my next list: a list of charities I want to raise money for. Some that I’ve considered:

  • Dress for Success (in progress!)
  • Team in Training/Lymphoma and Leukemia Society
  • AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Give Your Sole
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • Special Olympics
  • Operation Smile
  • Children International
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Vitamin Angels

My first major bucket list item was going to Europe and running a marathon, so I naturally combined the two and registered for the Athens Classic Marathon. It’s coming up in November! By putting in my goals into a bucket list, I’ve found that they have been much easier to attain, mainly because I hold myself accountable to achieving them.

What will you put on your bucket list?