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9/6/10 11:47 A

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I still seem to lose endurance quickly if I slack on my runs for even a week. I think the best thing I can think of is that some of us just have to build back up slowly, and some of us it comes more naturally to. I'm in the former category.:) I don't think it is all mental, but maybe somewhat.

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9/1/10 7:48 P

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I know this thread is "old" - but i was just going to post a similar question and found this discussion.

I am really struggling lately with going the distance. Early in august I was completing 3 miles twice a week and now I can barely make 2 without stopping. I am not sure if a fuel thing or a recovery things or more likely a mental thing. But I cant break through and I am signed-up for 2 5K's - one on Monday 9/6 and one on 9/25.



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4/22/10 5:47 P

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Same thing happens to me, but i'm relatively new to running. It's my 2nd round of c25k and last Saturday I was able to run a 4.2 mile race. The day back to normal running I was barely able to finish my 2 miles. It was most likely 50/50 physical and mental. I also notice I do better when I run on busy streets cause I don't want anybody to see me stop and walk. emoticon

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4/22/10 2:20 P

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Good quote, Court! I love it!

Fall down 7 times, get up 8.-Japanese Proverb
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4/22/10 7:00 A

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I agree on the mental thing. I really struggled at the end of last year with running and keeping my endurance up. This year I have done every single planned run and it has helped soooo much to just not miss my runs. Sometimes it's hard to work out the schedule with busy days...but I always get my run in. I saw a quote the other day that just keeps popping up in my mind when I even think about not going out on my run:

"Someone busier than you is running right now."

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4/21/10 3:29 P

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Thanks Everyone! I know I definitely need to work on the mental part. It is sometimes hard for me to balance the mental pushing myself and the listening to my body aspects. I have been running for awhile, but I slacked over the winter months, and am having to build back up.

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4/21/10 2:19 P

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I agree with the PP. I'm new to running and this is somethign I hadn't really thought about. Makes sense though!

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4/21/10 1:28 P

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Great post and great answers!

I think I struggle with this, too.


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4/21/10 10:53 A

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Running is very much a mental sport. Sometimes if you miss a run and just can't get back into it mentally your endurance can suffer. Some people use a warm up stretch not so much to warm up the muscles but to help contemplate the run and clear their heads. If you have had a particualrly stressful few days don't expect your run to be your best one. But don't give up and don't judge yourself on a "bad" run. Put it behind you and live for the moment!

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4/21/10 9:21 A

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Jamie,

It depends on how long you have been running/working out. One run shouldn't make a big difference UNLESS you are new to running.

Consistency is fundamental when it comes to building endurance.

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4/21/10 9:01 A

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Usually endurance goes after 1-2 weeks. Remember running is 95% mental. You need to think you can - see if that doesn't help. In addition, how long have you been running - the long you have run for the longer your endurance lasts.



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4/21/10 8:48 A

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I seem to have a problem maintaining speed and endurance if I miss even just one run, does anyone else have this problem? For instance, I will be up to running say, 3 miles at a 10 min mile pace, but if I miss 1 or 2 runs, I will be considerably slower, and I may even have to walk part of it. It seems that it is a very uphill battle, don't get me wrong, one that I enjoy thoroughly, but I just wonder if it is as difficult for anyone else.

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