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1/31/13 9:19 A

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Bob, glad you are working it out. I agree with the suggestion to get some daylight at lunch time. I was going to suggest running in the AM (I am out of the house for 12 hours due to work as well so I run before work), but it seems like you have be there early enough as it is. Getting home at 6pm and taking an hour for yoursel so you can be a better husband and father is not asking too much.

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1/30/13 8:04 P

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Thanks for the support folks. Had a talk with my wife because before "before" the new job I always ran in the morning when no one was home and I had more or less plenty of time. Now I work much earlier in the day and I had this guilt thing going about coming home at 6 at night and taking off for an hour, hour and a half for a training run. After talking about it with my wife, I'm actually feeling much better about it (another reason to love her - she understands). :-)
I actually think that was a bigger part of the problem than anything else. I also had a pow wow with my kids and gave them the "Look, I'm not here to do this stuff any more, so I need you to pick up the slack" speech and that helped as well. Created a list of chores I expect them to do when they get home so I don't have to deal with it and I can feel comfortable about leaving the house. Hopefully it will all help

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1/30/13 2:45 P

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Sign up for a race that you have to be ready for
Get a nice headlamp and reflective vest...new gear always gives a boost
Try to find someone to run with so you have the accountability of meeting someone
Whatever you like to do after work...don't allow yourself to do it until AFTER you run
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1/30/13 9:38 A

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Would a plank challenge help? :) Just kidding. I went through this myself all Fall. I was consistent for years and then I wanted nothing to do with it. I dreaded every run/workout and like you said - I just didn't want to!! I convinced myself that I needed the rest. Jan 1 I started a new program...No races anymore just working out and doing new classes trying to get in at least 45 minutes a day. January has been better. I agree with you that any schedule change can wreak havoc on our lifestyles. You'll get back...maybe not this week or even next month but you will be back. The one thing that got me motivated is to go back an read all my logs. Maybe that will help you too..it makes you realize that you really didn't have the time/energy before either but you made it happen.

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1/29/13 10:07 P

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When I am hitting the "I don't wanna go" attitude, I go out for "10 minutes, just 10 minutes." It always winds up being much longer.

Go out for 10 minutes.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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1/29/13 9:27 P

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The walk at lunch time sounds like a great idea and you are getting some Sunshine and fresh air. I am also going through the winter blues- but moving from the Sunshine State to NC. When I was working I went out for a walk every day. I also discovered my employer had a work out room that know one was using..Good luck on the new job and getting your motivation back.

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I'm in a very similar funk! I know with me, the lack of sun and heat are huge contributors to my funk. If you find something that helps, I'd love to hear about it.

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1/29/13 7:41 P

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I have had moments like this and the best thing I have found to help is not running. Sometimes life gets crazy and your body just needs a break. Pay attention, it may be your body trying to tell you something. I agree with kapelakin...Try a mile or so, but if you still don't want to go just give yourself a break. Do some cross training, etc. Just make sure you have a plan as when you are going to return or the break may go too long. I am sure once the days start to get a little longer you'll feel the itch to get back out there.

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1/29/13 7:31 P

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Walking at lunch sounds like a good idea. For the running, what about cutting down your goal? Maybe just do a mile, or to the end of the street or whatever? Maybe try a streak of getting a short distance in (10 minutes or something) each day for two weeks or so and see if that gets you back in the swing of things?

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1/29/13 6:44 P

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Ya, I've tried all the motivational stuff. blah. I think its lack of sunlight and maybe a necessity for a little more sleep. I'm going to try walking at lunch so I can at least get some daylight. I really miss the daylight.

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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot

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1/29/13 6:39 P

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Dori says, "JUST KEEP SWIMMING, JUST KEEP SWIMMING"!

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You'll get over it ... just keep on running !

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It's been a tought month - for ALOT of reasos. Two separate illnesses which kept me off the road for the better part of almost 3 weeks in total. AND a job change which COMPLETELY upended my schedule. I think that is actually the worse of the two. I've been able to run in the mornings before work for years and now, I get home 12 hours after I woke up in the morning and the very LAST thing I want to do is go for a run. I know I should. I know I need to. The weather isn't helping but running after 12 hours, in the dark, and the cold, right at this moment, seems about as appealing as performing a self vasectomy. This might be the worst I've felt about this EVER and certainly even this month, but I'm blowing off my run because I .... just.... don't .... want... to.... go.... and I don't know how to fix it.
Sorry, needed to get it out. I don't know what to do. I haven't been through anything like this before.
If anyone has any ideas on how I might be able to come out of this funk, I'm listening.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot

“Do or do not... there is no try.”
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“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within."
”Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)

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