T- I carry weights because even as a cross country runner 'back in the day' we trained that way every other day, so it's what I have always known and I haven't experienced any trouble from it, in fact I have experiences good results in my triceps & strength, so I continue to do it.
Fitness Minutes: (8,210) Posts: 2,365 2/16/07 11:24 A
What I do is pick one day out of the week to be my long run day and then take the day after off. I typically do three miles on a regular day. Then on Wednessday I do a long run (started our at two miles and now I am up to 6.5). I try and up the milage by .5 every week and I skip the long run (cut back to three miles) every third week to let my body fully recover. I find its a lot easier to come up with the motovation for one long run a week than to try and beat myself into submission every day.
MRSNAB - Good luck!!! Since your "wall" seems to be at 2.5 - maybe if you drop the weights before that mark? Sometimes we all have to play tricks on our mind to get past it.
One of the things I do is tell myself "two more songs".... most of the time that puts me half way around the track so of course it's then "just to the start/stop mark".... and then a good song comes on and I "can finish out this song".... :)
Wow-the support I've gotten in one day from all of you is fantastic-- thanks for all of the suggestions!!!
I am going to go the three miles today, maybe more, while watching taped TV shows so I don't get bored with the same tapes, and maybe I'll drop the weights at the 2.5 mark and see if that helps. I'll have to check back later today & let you all know how far I went...
You have gotten a lot of good ideas. I used to cover the screen with a towel and listen to my iPod. I had an idea how long each song was from iTunes so I could tell when I got close to 30 minutes. I would feel a rush as the last song came one.
That said if you are getting tired at the 2.5 mile point try running slower. Do an easy jog the whole time going slower than you know you can. If you get a slow relaxed pace you may surprise yourself with how long and far you can go.
"Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well."Steve Brown
When I was in a similar situation, I would force myself to run for 30 minutes. I would start as a TV show started and when the credits rolled I was done. Then to force myself to be more variable, I would run until the end of a football quarter or a baseball game. How long that is varies widely. That's how I ended up getting my first 5 mile run in. I was going to run 2 miles until the end of a baseball game and it went extra innings. An hour later I was amazed at myself, I hadn't run more than 20 minutes until then.
I did the same thing, I signed up for a 5K in March so I know I have to run! Also music really motivates me. And not looking at the treadmill screen helps too. I look at the end of each song and see how far I've progressed but that's it. If I look, I start making deadlines, like "I'll stop running at 20min." Then my mind starts telling my body that I'm ready to quit even though I can physically keep going. I liked the idea of covering up the screen, I may try that next time!
current weight: 155.0
Fitness Minutes: (8,210) Posts: 2,365 2/15/07 11:32 A
One thing I've found that really helps motivate me to improve is to find a training plan to follow. You could pick a 10K training program to follow and perhaps go ahead and sign up for a spring race. :-) The plan would tell you what you need to run each day, gradually increasing your mileage and knowing that you have a race coming can help motivate you to keep at it. I started running last year by signing up for a half marathon. Having that 13.1 miles looming over me pushed me out the door ever single day. LOL!
Alternatively you could look and see if there is a 5K race coming up in your area soon. Again if you know you're gonna be racing then you might be a little more motivated to push out of your comfort zone. :-)
My advice would be to just keep at it. My experience was similar. I had hit a wall at 2 miles. It seemed I did everything I could just to get that. Then I started to just do a little more. 2.1 2.2 etc, or even just a couple feet more. Eventually it worked. I had moved on past the 2 mile wall. I guess you need to train your body to know it is not done at 2.5! Another suggestion would be a reward. If you do 2.6 then you get... You can also do a challenge of sorts. TELL someone that you are going to do 2.6 (or more) this will make you more accountable. Not sure how you are with challenges and keeping your word. If this is something you take pride in it works wonders. I do this with myself. I set a distance or time goal and because it is a challenge I set, I need to do it. I don't stop until I do. Good Luck. Keep Us Posted on your progress!
This above all: to thine ownself be true. Lord Polonius. Act 1 scene 3. Hamlet
Ugh, I wish... Our treadmill was given to us and is very basic. Not what I would have purchsed for myself, but a good starter for me... That said, I cannot set it. I basicially press, "Start" and then hit "Stop" whenI am done... But I think you're on to something... maybe just pop in a tape (I watch TV or a video while on it in our basement) and cover up the clock, checking it when I get tired. Maybe I'll impress myself with 5 miles or something, LOL.
Thanks for the suggesiton!
Fitness Minutes: (10,985) Posts: 5,638 2/15/07 10:35 A
Can you set the threadmill to run 3 miles and cover the screen so you don't notice when you got past the 2.5? When you get to 2 miles you probably start saying to yourself-just 0.5 more miles and I can stop. If you don't see the screen you could just keep on going.
Only a fool continue doing the same things over and over and expect diferent results. So put down that slice of cake.
I used to run cross country in high school, and continued in college for 2 years and then stopped. I started off walking on my treadmill for a couple of weeks, upping the intensity & mileage, then started running and I am currently at 2.5 miles a day, which is starting to take me less & less time and I am less & less tired with each passing day-- it's obvious I need to now run longer and go farther... but I need help with motivation. Any suggestions to get me to 3 miles? I get to the treadmill and simply give up after 2.5!
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