I love being a highly motivated individual. I also love being a long-distance runner. What started as a one-off personal challenge soon turned into a major passion. So much so, that whilst 10,000 metres is officially classified as long-distance, it no longer seems it to me. I firmly believe that everybody should invest in their health above all else, and running is a great way to do just that. A 10k run is not just about the body though – it’s also great for mind and soul. Here are ten reasons why:
1. A sense of achievement
In life, there are times when you have a real sense of achievement after accomplishing something important. There are also, however, many times – especially for those who are reaching that little bit further – when the week seems to have more downs than ups and leaves you with anything but this. Bagging a medal for completing a 10k race is a great way to give yourself a new sense of achievement that will energise you and help you get your mojo back.
2. Setting goals and milestones
We all know how important it is to set ourselves goals and milestones by which to measure our progress towards them, but we’re not all so good at actually setting them and sticking to them. When it comes to long distance running, there is no option to avoid them. In both training and competition, long-distance running makes you acutely aware of the importance of having a specific, long-term goal and breaking it down into measurable milestones.
3. Physical performance
A healthier person is a happier person I like to say. But sometimes it can be hard to find the time to keep fit when faced with the never ending task list that comes with having big goals. The great thing about running is that kit aside, there is nothing you need in the way of equipment. You can run anywhere, at anytime. Gym closed when you finish your day’s work? Not an excuse.
4. Change of scenery
As someone on a mission to transform your life, you must develop the ability to see things from outside the box. If you can’t, you will limit your opportunity to succeed. Sometimes we need to distract ourselves from ourselves, and a change of scene can get fresh perspective. Running a 10k is a great way to do just that.
5. Meet like minded people
Everybody you meet at a 10k race will have a different reason for being there, but one thing they all have in common is this – an incredible level of personal motivation. Nobody sets out on a 10k race with any thought other than finishing it. If we want to succeed, we need to be surrounded by motivated, highly-driven people – what better place to find them?
6. Going the extra mile
I’m talking about 10 kilometres here. To the average person, that’s quite a hike. Few people would be keen to walk it, let alone run it. But if you are reading this, the likelihood is that you are anything but average. Going the extra mile (or 6) is one of the things that defines us, but people may not see it unless they have a good grasp of what you are all about. Running a 10k is a great way to prove to yourself and others that you are a person who has the capacity to go the extra mile.
Success in life (or anything else for that matter) requires a massive level of commitment, as does becoming a long-distance runner. Successful people commit themselves fully to everything they do, and this is a great way to strengthen this all important trait.
8. Eliminate self-doubt
Self-doubt is one of the most effective killers of success. You know the feeling – you come up with an idea, invest loads of time and energy thinking it through, start to turn it into a tangible reality and then… the self-doubt kicks in. If anything will teach you how to reject and overcome self-doubt it’s a 10k race.
9. Fail to plan, plan to fail
Successfully completing a 10k run requires more than just training, it requires planning and strategy. If you don’t get this right, no amount of training will deliver the right results. I’ve yet to meet a runner who just turned up on the day and took on a 10k challenge ad-hoc. Relying on instinct is essential in success, but being impulsive is a recipe for disaster. Plan, plan and plan for the outcome you which to achieve.
10. If at first you don’t succeed…
Sadly, not everybody crosses the finish line every time. There are always times in life where it just wasn’t meant to be. But that doesn’t mean that next time has to be the same. If you don’t manage to finish your first 10k race, I can assure you that you will soon be back on your feet and trying again – just like you should be in life. If you truly want to transform your life, then perseverance is everything.