In April 2016 l completed the Oxfam 100km walk with a wonderful team. Oxfam is a
charity walk within the Dandening Ranges to raise money for under privileged people
around the world, helping to provide such things as clean drinking water, education
and enabling communities to become self-sufficient. It is a worthy and challenging
event. I know how challenging it is as l completed it 3 years ago. The reason I chose
to do it again was because of the awful experience, due to various reasons, l had
last time. Having assumed I would not have the opportunity or desire to participate
in this event again I suddenly found three wonderful ladies that were interested in
completing this challenge. This time we all had the same values and definition of
team so l knew l had to take this opportunity. Once again I had a goal!
When choosing a challenge or goal make sure it is meaningful to you because it will
require preparation, dedication, passion, commitment and motivation. You won’t
commit to something that has no meaning or importance to you. If you are choosing
a challenge that requires team work make sure you choose the correct team. Speak
to each other about your expectations of training times, what time you hope to finish
the event in, your expectation of each other as a team and how much support or how
support will be provided to each other. Be aware that if working as part of a team
your commitment is not just to yourself but also to each other.
Preparing, training and completing Oxfam again reaffirmed to me the benefits of
committing to a challenge and setting an exercise goal. It is easy to get caught up in
life and have periods where a regular exercise routine is disrupted by commitment to
work, family or friends coming first. In the short term or even in the long term it can
be difficult to get motivated and get back on track with your training. Setting a goal
can ensure that it does. Whether it is a long term or short term goal it just needs to
be important to you so that you want to achieve it. So whether it is being able to
walk to the local shops, a 5km walk, performing a chin up or running a marathon, It
needs to inspire the desire to stay committed and achieve that goal no matter what
gets in the way.
My next challenge.... Half marathon in July 2017... What is yours?