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8/14/15 11:08 P

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HEATHERLEIGH44- Both of my half marathons I did to raise money for the kids I work with (I am a therapeutic youth care worker). They were waiting near the finish line for me, so I had plenty of motivation to finish, just nothing along the way for training. I signed up for a training course just didn't show up.

I have a running group I go to occasionally (hashing) and we have a blast, but it is only once a month.

Really it's working towards making those 2-8mile (? maybe) runs in the meantime between the annual half marathon not feel like an impossible chore. LOL

I think a reward and goal system might be what I am looking for. I went for another 2 mile run today. Maybe in a few weeks it won't be so bad and I can buy myself something pretty haha

Thanks guys!



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~~~"Riley" or "Just Like Alice" from Zootown, Montana~~~
2011 Mad Mudder 6k
2013 Frost Fever Frozen Frolic 5k 41:19.2
2013 Run for the Luck of It 5k 40:10.6
2013 Runners for Boston 4 miles 60:00
2013 Color Run 5k(untimed) (42:00-43:00)
2013 10 Spoons 10k (1:28:17.68)
2013 Dirty Dash
2014 Missoula Half Marathon 3:22:49
2015 Missoula Half Marathon 3:47:55
2016 Missoula Half Marathon 3:44:38
2017 Missoula Half Marathon


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8/14/15 12:29 P

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I'm very Type A, so I'm highly motivated by statistics. As soon as I started running, I started making mileage goals on a monthly basis. It KILLS me not to meet goals. They started small, 10 or 15 miles a month. This month I'm on track for 150. It definitely turned me into a runner!

Maybe that advice is more of the "just do it" kind of method though.

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8/14/15 9:06 A

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My advice is more like the "Just do it" part. Because ultimately you have to get out and do the runs.

Even though I've run for the past 40 years (amongst other fitness stuff), I still find a lot of days where I don't want to run. I am basically a lazy person.

Right now I have a physically demanding job where I am in early so I have to run after work. I have it set up so that I walk in the house, drop my stuff off and grab my running stuff from the post right next to my drop off point. Then I change and go run (after some interaction with my wife). It is pretty much automatic, I also have to remind myself that I usually fell better after a run.

On weekends, I get in my running gear straight from bed even before I start the coffee pot. Again pretty much automatic and it gets me out the door. I schedule my off days and adjust as I go. Life happens and sometimes life is more important than getting the run in. There are times though where I realize that I have to just put my foot down and go run.

The other thing is to reward yourself. Maybe after a 50 or 100 mile month you decide to celebrate with a dinner out or a pedicure (never had one myself but my wife says they are great), a new set of running clothes or maybe a new book to read... You work out the goals based on what you can afford and what you like. Just don't use daily food rewards, they tend to backfire if you are looking at weight loss.

I also use a goal after my HM's. That is the only time I go to one of our favorite restaurants and have a big juicy messy cheeseburger with the house fries. That is only if I hit my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), A or B goal. That helps motivate me during the boring times. And I set the goals a month or two out from the race. C and D goals tend to be pretty lame (for me) anyway like finish and I don't feel they need to be rewarded.

I am anti social and like to run alone although I have taken a speed class that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hate head phones because I want to hear what is going on around me especially the moron driver texting that is running up on the curb behind me. But that is just me...

If your goal is say, to break HM three hours, then remind yourself daily that every run (mile?) is another brick laid down on the path to that goal. Every crunch or plank helps build your core to help drive your legs. Every cookie avoided helps the calorie count to give you less weight that you have to move. I hate track workouts but I do them because they help me down the road (and they feel so good when I am done- like hitting myself in the head with a hammer). I love running when the whether is really horrible because I remind myself that no other idiots are out running in this stuff and they are sitting at home while I'm out getting better (I never run when there is lightening around though...).

Maybe you decide you don't want to run HMs. Maybe you want to do 5ks or adventure runs. And that is OK. Distance and speed doesn't define you as whether or not you are a runner.

Point of all this and the other posts is that you have to find what gets you out the door. We all run for different reasons.

And once you find out yours: just do it...

Eric
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8/14/15 8:10 A

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I echo what PASTAFARIAN said as I think all of those points help. You need to find what gets you excited to get out the door, whether that is the accountability of running with others, a really interesting podcast, etc.

How often do you change up your running routes? Try to find a new route that will engage your mind a little more instead of the "same old route" that you might always run. That is why I really love trail running because I need to focus more on where I am putting my feet, etc that the time passes by so quickly and the scenery is so beautiful that it doesnt feel like work at all.

Does the half marathon you signed up for have a charity program? I have also found that it helps to run for someone or something when you lose motivation. I run a half every fall for a pet rescue and sometimes when I dont feel like getting out there, I remember that I owe it to my supporters who are donating to get out there and do what I promised I would do.

Sometimes buying a great new outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks helps too!


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8/13/15 11:55 P

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If you like to socialize, find a running club. You'll look forward to seeing your new friends each week (or several times a week) as you share common struggles, runner humor, and injury commiseration.

If you like to run by yourself, get some podcasts that you love. You'll look forward to alone time with podcasts that you just can't get any other way without interruptions. (For some people, it's music rather than podcasts.)

Unfortunately, I like both. It's a struggle for me deciding whether to run with friends or podcasts each time I go out for a run. Either way, I really look forward to my runs. If I didn't have either, I would never get off my ass!

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8/13/15 11:39 P

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For the second year in a row I finished my half marathon with little to no training. ( under the 4 hour mark, but well over the 3 hour mark)

I really *really* want to be a running kind of person.

However, I find myself have a hard time running on a regular basis or training. I went out for a run tonight and 2 miles was such a struggle. (In my defense, my neighbor told me he was impressed because it is fire season and really hot here, but really it is just as hard for me in winter.) I know if I drop pounds it will be easier, so I am always "working" on that... but I was wondering if anyone had any other tips other than "just do it" for getting through a training program, or for some sort of way to make running a regular part of my routine so that next year I am not finding myself hitting half marathon season yet again unprepared...

Thanks in advance!



~~~"Riley" or "Just Like Alice" from Zootown, Montana~~~
2011 Mad Mudder 6k
2013 Frost Fever Frozen Frolic 5k 41:19.2
2013 Run for the Luck of It 5k 40:10.6
2013 Runners for Boston 4 miles 60:00
2013 Color Run 5k(untimed) (42:00-43:00)
2013 10 Spoons 10k (1:28:17.68)
2013 Dirty Dash
2014 Missoula Half Marathon 3:22:49
2015 Missoula Half Marathon 3:47:55
2016 Missoula Half Marathon 3:44:38
2017 Missoula Half Marathon


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