Today we begin a discussion about the how-to of successful charity running.
If it’s cold and snowy and icy where you are right now, like it is here in northern Illinois, you may be having trouble getting motivated to run. Don’t worry so much about that. I have no doubt that you will find your mojo.
In the meantime, if you are signed up to run a marathon for charity this year – or even still just considering running a marathon for charity – there are lots of things that you can be doing right now that don’t involve leaving the comfort – and warmth – of your home (or even putting on workout clothes).
By starting to work on the first steps of my fundraising plan now, you will set yourself up for success – and maybe get yourself motivated to run in the process. I start by outlining two pre-plan steps to take, which are particularly important for anyone who has yet to choose a charity.
Then I discuss Steps 1 through 3 of my Charity Running Success Plan. Like managing any project, breaking the end goal into much more manageable smaller pieces – or tasks – makes the strategy much easier to execute. I don’t discuss the entire plan today, but enough to give you something to do over the next month. In February we’ll move to the next phase. I am presenting it this way because I really want you to move through the steps in the way they are being presented.
Please think of this as something like your marathon training plan – a step-by-step guide that can take you on a journey to successfully reaching your goal, provided you follow it and do the work. Like marathon training, there are no short cuts, but if you start now, and you do each step along the suggested timeline, in the order prescribed, you will be successful. And will be much less stressed about it, than if you keep putting it off or just apply a haphazard trial an error approach.
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As always, your feedback, comments, and questions are welcome.
If you are a runner or charity team coordinator and have a charity running success story that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you!