One of the best motivators I used for myself with training for my first 1/2 marathon was the "Running Tip Jar". I posted about this when I first started training for the Princess Half Marathon at WDW. I would pay myself for all the miles I ran in training for the PHM weekend. I would contribute to the jar $5 for each weekday run I would complete, then $1 a mile for my long runs. I would also keep track on my print out of the training schedule I kept clipped to the front of my fridge!
Now this was my jar for the Princess 1/2 I ran in February. So when the trip finally came around, I was able to use the cash I had accumulated to purchase things/experiences during my trip. The "tip jar" money became my fun cash for the trip. When I finished counting the bills in the jar, I had over $230 dollars to spend. WHOA! This was great because I knew that the money had accounted for the mileage I had run in training, so seeing that as a physical manifestation of my training was really nice.
Plus this money gave me the ability to purchase items that I wouldn't have otherwise gotten. It paid for purchases at the expo (holy cow can you blow some serious cash there!), my attendance to Princess Tea Time at the Grand Floridian and various souvenirs and snacks throughout the weekend. It was awesome to have this so I wasn't breaking the bank or putting stuff on my credit card, I was able to enjoy splurges I otherwise might not have partaken in.
So why am I bringing this up? Well...there is another race that I'm training for, Dumbo Double Dare! It is the slimmed down version of the Goofy Challenge being held at the Disneyland Resort during the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend in late August/early September. It involves running a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday, totaling 19.3 miles for the challenge in two days. So this will require proper training to get my legs used to running fairly long distances in back-to-back days. I mean I ran the 5K the day before the half at PHM, though that wasn't very taxing because it wasn't timed and I was jogging through the course taking pictures. This however, will have a bit more pressure because it is timed and if I don't complete both courses in the allotted time, I don't get the Dumbo Double Dare challenge medal. That would be heartbreaking!
So what does that mean? A NEW RUNNING TIP JAR!! ::dun dun dun dah!!!:: Only now I need to come up with a new cover for my jar for the Dumbo theme. Any ideas? Maybe I should go into my scrapbooking paper stock and see if there is anything "circus-y" that I can put on the outside. Hhhmm...well, when I have it decorated, I will post it. I'm SO EXCITED! Training is well on its way and I can't wait for the race weekend to be here! Now I've got some monetary motivation to accumulate! Watch out...mama needs some runDisney merch!!!
Question for you: What do you do to help motivate you during training? Have you done a tip jar before? Would you consider it?