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3/9/18 5:08 A

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Sometimes we need to really listen to our mind/body to figure what what is best for our motivation for something particular.

In your case, your mother died, and it appears to have impacted in some way on what you would normally do ... train for a marathon. You do realize that you run the risk of some serious damage if you don't train for the marathon, and then run it?

I strongly suggest that if you can't find that motivation, then you need to talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Therapist who specializes in treating grief. Below is a link for you to look at.

The other thing that you need to ensure is that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Sometimes when people grieve their usual nutrition habits change. This can considerably impact on our moods.

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3/8/18 9:47 A

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Have you considered running for a cause? My cousin and her father run marathons for a cause, specifically the Hope Water Project. I'm sure there is a cause you feel strongly about that could motivate you to run.


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3/8/18 7:29 A

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Thank you. I still plan to run it, I just have no motivation to train. It's a constant catch 22!

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3/8/18 6:56 A

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I am so sorry for the loss of your mum! Everyone struggles with it from time to time but remember, motivation comes from within yourself. I would encourage you to run the marathon in your mum's memory.

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Hi guys,

I’m new here and need some support.

I am a runner. I’ve ran four marathons so far...I have the London marathon next month and a couple down the line this year. A couple of years ago I was really motivated, it may have been when I was at a running club where I used to live. I ran the Barcelona marathon last March when my mum was terminally ill. I wasn’t going to go but she wanted me to do it, so I did it for her. She passed away in May last year and I’m not sure if my lack of motivation is linked to that.

Most people would sign up to an event to force them into being motivated. It appears it’s the opposite for me at the minute. I know how hard it is to run a marathon yet every time I think about going for a run, it makes me feel so down. A lot of people would say ‘just go out and run’ but it’s not as easy as that. It’s almost as if I feel like I don’t deserve to be fit and healthy and achieve those medals.

I was wondering if anyone else felt the same and has any advice for me? It would be much appreciated.

Steph x

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