The motivation of a runner is uniquely personal. For some, it is to maintain or improve health. For others, it is an outlet to alleviate stress or a time for personal reflection outside of everyday life.
On a deeper level, some runners and athletes are motivated to take on physical challenges by the memory of another individual. In the midst of a physical and mental trial, some find a connection to their past and to those they have lost.
Winter Vinecki, at only 14 years old, recently completed her seventh marathon to set a world record as the youngest person to run a marathon on every continent. Even further, her mother also completed each race. Together, they set a separate world record as the first mother-daughter duo to complete a marathon on every continent. Completing one marathon is a feat in its own right, but to complete 7 at age 14 is remarkable.
Her motivation: the memory of her late father and the goal to raise awareness and support for the fight against prostate cancer, which claimed his life five years ago. Her efforts have raised nearly a million dollars for prostate cancer research through the non-profit she formed for the cause.
Where do you pull your inspiration from?