There are lots of people who run just for the sake of running. Their motivation is the great outdoors, the sense of accomplishment, the progress. Okay, well, those are mostly my motivations as well, but let’s be honest – without races on the calendar, I tend to be a bit lazy (especially when it’s ungodly hot or cold out). I like to keep my schedule fairly busy but spread out throughout the year, leading up to key target races.
I have my old stand-by races, but there are a number of races I’ve had on my radar for a while but haven’t been able to run yet, mainly because of timing or a lack of funds (anyone wanna sponsor a race or travel costs??). But that’s okay – I use it as my motivation for both running and travel destinations.