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What Motivates the UVRC to Run?

By: Jim Burnett

The results from “What Motivates You to Run” (survey)?

1. What are your running motivation-boosters?

        Just because you enjoy it                                                       23 (10%)

        To relieve stress                                                                       22 (9%)

        To meet people and socialize                                            20 (9%)

        For health reason                                                               19 (8%)

        To lose/maintain weight                                                 18 (8%)

        To give you more energy                                                 17 (7%)

        To race                                                                         17 (7%)

        Because it makes you feel good/To get the "runner’s high”       14 (6%)

        Finding new routes and trails/exploring                                 12 (5%)

        To boost self-esteem                                                            11 (5%)

        Because you are competitive in your age group                   11 (5%)

        Communing with nature                                                   10 (4%)

        Because it’s a shared activity with your partner/family           9 (4%)

        Sharing runs on social media - Strava, FaceBook, etc.             8 (3%)

        It’s an excuse to eat and drink more, guilt-free                          8 (3%)

        To travel and see new places                                              6 (3%)

        To raise money for charity                                                        4 (2%)

        Because you are interested in improving your stats                4 (2%)

        233 responses from 31 responders

2. What are your running motivation-sappers?

        Aching muscles and joints/niggling injuries                             17 (17%)

        Lack of energy                                                                  14 (14%)

        Struggling to find the time to train                                    13 (13%)

        Winter weather                                                                  12 (12%)

        Hitting a plateau/Not seeing improvement                                11 (11%)

        Not seeing the weight come off                                            7 (7%)

        Boredom                                                                           6 (6%)

        Knowing it’s a speedwork day                                              3 (3%)

        Failing to hit a speedwork goal                                           3 (3%)

        The intimidation of racing next to younger or faster runners      3 (3%)

        Lack of support of family and friends                                     3 (3%)

        Getting heckled or threatened while running                               2 (2%)

        Knowing it’s a hill’s day                                                         1 (1%)

        Running interferes with social life/no beers night before races   1 (1%)

        Expense of running shoes, gear and races                                  1 (1%)

        Not feeling safe from wild or domestic animals while running      1 (1%)

        98 responses from 31 responders

Thank you for responding to my surveys and keep running…

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