In ultrarunning, motivation plays a pivotal role in determining one's success. It is often referred to as "The Why" by runners. To discover your personal motivation, take a moment to grab a piece of paper and jot down why you want to participate in the race. Once you have your initial statement, read it aloud and ask yourself, "But why?" Keep delving deeper into your reasons, continuously questioning yourself until you reach a point where you can't provide any more answers.
The key aspect we are searching for in this process is a strong emotional connection. Look for that one reason that truly resonates with you on a deep level and circle it as your ultimate "why". This will serve as your personal and private motivation, something that will fuel your determination throughout the race.
But it doesn't end there. Take a step back and reflect on the whys that came before your ultimate choice. Look for one or two additional reasons that still hold significant meaning to you and circle those as well. These will become your public whys, the ones you can share with others to inspire and connect with fellow runners.
Remember, your "why" is personal to you, and it is what will keep you going when the going gets tough. It will be the driving force behind your training, your dedication, and your perseverance. So take the time to explore your motivations, dig deep into your emotions, and embrace the power of your "why".