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7/31/08 9:08 A

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My biggest motivator is my coach (online). It costs about the same as they gym, but when I really want to skip a workout, knowing he is waiting on my run report gets me out there, and I never regret going out there after the first 10 minutes.

Otherwise, I try to do one race every month or 6 weeks to give me mini-goals, with bigger races mixed in there (my half marathon I've been blogging about and training for over the last several months is a good example of this).

You need to find a motivator that works for you, be it training partner, goals, or accountability.

Chris

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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." --Sir Winston Churchill


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7/31/08 7:28 A

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Running is not my favorite exercise, but it is effective. So my motivation is basically imagining myself in my old cloth or new cloth I am going to shop for and how easy running will be in a couple of months. Get a mental image and you know you have to do it.



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7/1/08 9:40 A

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heck yeah -- a mile is great! Keep pluggin away....

it doesn't always have to be ALL or nothing.. right? Blooregard has said that to me many times!

Now is the time to make the "program" work for you... or ditch the "program" mentality all together and find out what best suites your lifestyle...

that's why I enjoy the RUNNER'S CAFE because we are all on different mindsets in re: to running and it really helps to read all the different inputs!

Keep pluggin away!



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7/1/08 9:17 A

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Thanks!

There's some really great advice in there. I did run a little this morning, just a mile but it's better than nothing right?

This team is great! I've already bee inspired.

Heather Mack

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6/30/08 10:35 P

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Hey there.. maybe it's time to mix it up again...?

congrats on the 5k!!! and completing the c25k..... did you reward yourself for these goals? Remind yourself of why you started this in the first place....

perhaps now you can shoot for the next goal of --let's say--- a 10k? There's the one hour runner.... ?? If you are a programatic type person....which i WAS for a while there....

It's just NOT new anymore, you've accomplished it... and it's hard to stay fresh... been there... done that... maybe try intervals? work on your speed? join a running club in your area? hmmmmm....

hope you are able to find a solution that works for you! keep us posted!




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6/30/08 10:42 A

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This is something that I'm really struggling with. I'm new to running. I recently finished C25K and ran my first 5K.

Having finished those goals - I'm having a hard time staying motivated. Logically I know that I still have a lot to improve on and I know that I feel good after I run.. Unfortunately logic doesn't always win out.



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6/24/08 2:14 P

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You know this is an excellent thread...

Motivation certainly can be hard to muster up at times... but I also find that AFTER the run, I do have more energy!

It's a matter of finding the time... to tuck a run into the schedule...

I find that if I dont WRITE it down... schedule the day to run... then it might get pushed aside more often than not.

Just keep plugging away...
I find that when i am away from the sparkpeople.com.... and not posting as much then I am also not in the positive energy mindset.... you know?

so I guess another key to motivation is to try to keep connected with others who have the same goals/struggles... etc... good luck in your endeavors!




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6/24/08 12:09 P

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Don't give yourself a chance to argue yourself out of it. Logically, you KNOW you want to do this, even if you don't FEEL like it.

Stop the insanity!

You can learn to automatically put on your shoes without thinking much about it or paying any attention to all the excuses in your head.

Just put on your shoes!

You can deal with all that stuff when you get back.

(It also makes it a lot easier for me if I have my IPod to distract me from the slight discomfort I may experience along the way.)

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6/23/08 1:27 P

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I have a running partner. We don't run everyday together but we do run one to two times a week together. On those days my motivation is knowing that she is waiting on me to run. On the days we don't run together my motivation is knowing that she in running without me. This might sound crazy but I don't want her to progress and show me up on our next run so it motivates me to run without her.

Amy

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6/23/08 12:07 P

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I second Auntie65 - Having been signed up for a race is what has kept me focused and sticking with a training program.

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6/22/08 9:14 P

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For running, I have more motivation if I have a goal... so I've found that having a race that I'm all signed up for does the trick otherwise it's easy to put it off.

Tami

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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6/22/08 9:08 P

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Sometimes it is because I am working on a challenge. Like running 802 miles in 2008. So I know I need a certain amount of miles each week to make it to my goal. Also I am in a North vs. South mileage competition on the Runners World Forum. That has really helped me to put in more miles. I am a competitive person. SMILE
I also remind myself how great I feel afterward. If I can just push myself out the door then after the first mile...I start to feel better.

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
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6/22/08 8:39 P

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I am wondering how everyone finds motivation to run as frequently as they do, even if they don't particularly want to run today. It might help others who are looking for some. :-)

I'm motivated by the happy feelings I get AFTER I run. I know I will always feel better afterwards. Much better than I do before.

No day but today.
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