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11/1/10 8:30 A

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Happy November!
I found (or rather, it found me) a very powerful quote I just had a need to share.

"It is never easy to keep reaching for dreams. Strength and courage can sometimes be lonely friends, but those who reach, walk in stardust." ~ Anonymous

from me...I may frequently be alone, but am never lonely with strength, courage, and my Sparkfriends by my side, and wherever we are, as long as we keep reaching, we are in good company as we walk in that stardust.

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10/26/10 7:15 A

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Great!!!

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10/25/10 9:32 P

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Dropping back in to quickly say that I am feeling more confident in myself. I had a good day today. It was actually funny - I got a bit lost when I was doing my longer run. I ended up doing an extra mile, and I felt good doing it. I believe I can do this.

5K this weekend - great way to kick it up!

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" - Proverbs 31:25
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10/12/10 5:31 P

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I have had way too much experience trying to overcome a lack of mojo. It's been an on-off-on-off experience for me since I can remember. Sometimes just running through it works as you suddenly break through and it feels great. Other times some time off is what is needed. Having a goal really really helps, too. In my HM training I've felt awful some weeks and great some weeks, but what really helps get me out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:45am is I know I need to keep training if I'm going to reach my goal. If I didn't have that, I know I would be skipping a lot of workouts because I am T-I-R-E-D and could really use that extra 90 minutes of sleep. Remembering the good times really helps, so when I'm really down, I just remember how it felt when I felt my best and remind myself that if I just keep pushing myself... I will get back there. Some day...

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." ~ Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)


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10/10/10 7:05 P

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I am so glad to see this post! I have my first HM on the 16th and with some extra situations life tossed my way my last week of training has been bad. Everytime I ran my legs felt made of lead and each tiny mile was a pain.
Finally today I managed to crank out 6 miles without too much mental pain (or leg pain) and I feel great. I am thinking that I might be ready for that race come saturday!
Good luck to all the runners overcoming hills out there!

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10/7/10 4:05 P

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Susan, you have plenty of time to prepare..."run with purpose and determination"...a lot of people swear by the Galloway method and, to repeat what others are saying, if that works for you then keep on going!

I just finished my first HM and will always treasure the experience...and don't worry about what others may deem limitations...that is just a minor obstacle and with a little will power, some running, a few energy drinks/gels, and your FAITH....you can be and will be successful....

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10/7/10 6:44 A

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Don't get discouraged! Everyone has their own pace! Don't think that you are failing because you stop and walk. This is a very common way that alot of people get started with running....by doing a run/walk combination. This is an excellent way to train for your first 1/2 marathon! You ARE doing it, every time you get out there and go the distance.....doesn't matter if it's running or run/walking. Keep us posted on your progress!

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10/6/10 8:57 A

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Susan ~ Don't get too discouraged. You can make both goals. The 5K should be no problem. You already know you can run 4 miles. That's almost 1 full mile more than the 5K so that should be no problem. As for the Half, yes you have a ways to go, but there is still plenty of time for a January race. Find a training plan that has you fully prepared by race time and stick to it diligently. If you are liking the Galloway plan, stick with it. If not, find another. There's still ample time and there are plenty of other options. You might also want to consider a more supportive running partner!

Best of luck. Trust in your self. You can do this.

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10/5/10 4:27 P

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I'm in need of some serious mojo. I'm signed up for my first half marathon in January, and a 5K at the end of this month (Halloween - superhero themed!).

I had started training using the Galloway method, getting to the 4 mile mark. Then I went away for the weekend, and tried running with my cousin. It was a disaster. I couldn't keep up with her straight running, and on the second time we tried she straight out told me that I wouldn't be able to do the half-marathon. I was devastated, and still am.

Now I'm trying to get beyond that, and it feels like there's something embedded in my brain that tells me I can't do it. I set goals (run to x in the distance) and then don't hit them, and it's a depressing spiral.

I want to be ready at the end of this month, and in January. I'm just having the hardest time believing in myself.

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" - Proverbs 31:25
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9/7/10 8:09 A

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thanks "Vic" for the vote of confidence! Today is Day 1 of getting back to healthy! :)

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9/4/10 9:53 A

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Great thread! Good motivation for all of us!

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9/3/10 10:51 A

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Bev, you have shown all of the motivation necessary to change things and get in control, now you are taking it to the next level...momentum to keep you going. you are doing great in getting the ball rolling, that is what makes you a champion!

like you said, it is NOT too late for your half. Just think about how awesome it will be to cross the finish line knowing what you had to overcome to get there, proving once again that Bev has what it takes!

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9/3/10 7:25 A

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THANK YOU so much for the inspiring words of wisdom! I've been on a downhill slide since July, and can't seem to stop the freefall. Yesterday I forced myself to take a positive step and begin to break the fall: I called my trainer, who I've "ignored" since July, and set a date (in 2 weeks) to meet her at the gym. So I have 2 weeks to "detox" off of all of this junk (simple carbs, no portion control ---yes, pure emotional eating!) and get my mental and emotional self back in the game. It's time, I'm ready....but hearing it all laid out here has really given me a push in the right direction. Thank you! (On the positive side, I am about halfway thru training for a 1/2 in Oct....so I haven't totally thrown in the towel!)

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9/3/10 1:02 A

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I love my fire pit too, great way to reconnect.

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9/2/10 9:12 P

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Wow. am I glad I stopped to read this one.

Penny, you may have temporarily lost your mojo, but it has helped me and many others too I am sure, to get motivated to get up early and do that run workout - I am 51 and focusing on my first half marathon in November - getting a little panicked. But after reading this thread and words from your very own blog I am blown away.

And looking forward to that training run tomorrow 6 am.

Thanks!

On2victory - you are an awesome motivator!

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9/2/10 8:49 P

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Thank you for responding so beautifully. Using my own words was perfect. You have reminded me to remember what brought me to such joy when I run. And you pointed out that reminding myself that I've slipped doesn't really help all that much.

I'm going to spend some time revisiting that gal who started running and loved it - for the sheer joy of it. I see a quiet evening in my backyard enjoying some late summer sun, the sound of my water feature and the crackle of flames in my fire pit as I reconnect to her. Stay tuned for what I hope is a fabulous blog soon!

Thank you again - every single one of you. THIS is why I'm here at SparkPeople. YOU are why. Thank you.

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9/2/10 1:17 P

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I try to sow hope and encouragement bountifully, to get people to tap, like roots of a tree, into the energy and feeling of renewal that comes from running. The re-energization of the soul. That will always be there when the numbers fail. Tap into the energy of running and the numbers and consistancy will follow.

Somehow the beauty can get lost in the mechanics

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9/2/10 1:05 P

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ON2VICTORY - I see why you are a Spark People Motivator! Awesome response. Hell I'm ready to run home from work now after reading it. And I live 27 miles from my job!

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
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9/2/10 12:48 P

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This may sound familiar....

“I've fallen off the healthy lifestyle wagon a few times but not so far off that I couldn't find my way back on. I've forced myself to the gym when all I really wanted to do was curl up and hibernate. Once at the gym I've been generally happy that I was there.

This month is all about deep breaths and baby steps.” 12-12-2008

“So sometime during the afternoon of June 27, 2009 I will proudly be able to say that I ran my first 1/2 Marathon at the age 43...and survived! Sounds pretty good to me!” 12-19-2008

“I sense a page turning in my life and I can't wait to see what will be written on it. For now, I know that I have many more life lessons to learn and more tests ahead of me but I also know that I am strong beyond measure and nothing, absolutely nothing, can defeat me.” 01-03-2009

“I will say I felt GREAT running. Seems to be getting easier.” 01-09-2009

After a very trying series of events you rewarded yourself…….“My reward weekend was an absolute success. Partially because I want to share, and partially because I want to remember how wonderful it was…..It was the big deep breath that I needed to refocus and re-energize for both my lifestyle journey and for the rest of my hectic life's adventures………Enjoyed my reward weekend with no guilt. Ready to buckle back down now!” 03-02-09

“I think (gasp), I think I just might finally be a runner. Woohoo! [More happy dancing]” 03-13-09

After your first ever Half Marathon ….. “I can do anything I put my mind to. Period.” 06-29-09


These are your own words from your blogs. I did learn a little about you so this is my advice..

You are a numbers oriented person. You need to re-connect to the positive energy and sense of achievement that running has done for you in the past, the feeling of it all. Motivating yourself with the "I'm slipping" mindset is nothing but negative and creates a sense of panic. Right now it is as appealing as punching a timeclock at work. dig out your first HM race medal and remember that day, texting all of your friends, crossing the finish line. Find the trail or path you used to run not because you liked it for its training challenge but because you felt connected.. forget about tempo and time but rather reach out and smell the smells, take in the sights even if it means you stop for a minute, soak it all in and feel the positive energy, not the burn or the HRM numbers. You seemed to respond pretty well to a reward. set a few small goals to get you out the door then reward yourself handsomely for a job WELL DONE!, maybe a nature trail run..... you might see an eagle and know someone is cheering you on....

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9/2/10 12:44 P

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I definitely agree! Find a race to do and fill out the forms and pay for it! Sometimes if I don't actually sign up for a race I don't actually DO the race! You'll get it back!
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9/2/10 11:28 A

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When my motivation wanes I find nothing gets me going again like scheduling the next race. Maybe that will work for you. Good luck!

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
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Kelly has a good point. Find some people who run and join them. Or if you know of someone who wants to start running, become their mentor.

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9/2/10 11:07 A

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Here's your mojo Penny. I was borrowing it. You can have it back now. Wouldn't that be cool? No, seriously, I get a lot of my mojo from my running friends so in a way...
Or maybe you need a new goal, a race, distance, speed, something to get you excited and back to it. Or a change of scenery. Some new running clothes that make you feel fabulous. Or a running partner. Make it fun again.

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9/2/10 10:33 A

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I love running. I don't always love the process but I definitely love the way I feel when I'm done and knowing that I CAN do it.

Somewhere in the last couple months my running mojo seems to have disappeared. I ran my last HM towards the end of June and I think I've run 10 miles since then. And I can tell. And I hate it. And yet apparently it's not enough to get me out on the road again.

So I'm here begging for some help. Give me your best motivational speech to help get me back on the road. Remind me why I enjoy running so much. Tell me why you do. Help?

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