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Talking to Myself

I realized when I was a teenager that my friends actually listened to me. When they had a problem, or something they wanted to take off their shoulders, I was the one they came to for a good talk, or for a cry.
I am usually so good at giving sound advice, to others of course.
But I’m not that great at applying that advice to my own life, I can be too hard on myself.

My 10K race yesterday didn’t go as expected, and if it had been someone else who had run it, I know I would have had such good things to tell them to make them feel better… so today I’m telling all those things to myself, and maybe I’ll even listen.

A PR is still a PR:
There are big PRs and small PRs. But even if there’s some logic on me being not happy because a 10 second PR shows no real improvement fitness wise, it’s still a PR and I better grab it, enjoy it, and be proud.

Keep running in perspective:
It’s OK to be disappointed about not getting the result I wanted, for a little while. Like 5 minutes, or maybe even a day. But that’s it, it’s just a race, and it’s just running.
Running has been an incredible addition to my life. It changed me, it made me stronger physically and mentally, it made me happy so many mornings after a good run.
And I’m planning to keep running for as long as I can.
But the past few months running has taken more mental energy from me than it should have. It wasn’t the 5 times a week I spent running, it was the thought that went into it before and after. Getting my paces right. Making the ‘perfect’ training plan. Racing and more racing and “OH NO” if the race didn’t go as planned. I lost focus at work and I lost focus at home, and I’m about to change that.

Be proud of my accomplishments:
I’ve started running more seriously about a year ago. Since then I’ve doubled my weekly running distance, and reduced my average running pace by 22 seconds per KM (37 seconds per mile), included recovery runs and slow long runs.
And in the 6 months since my first 10K and half marathon, I’ve taken a minute and a half off my 10K time and two and a half minutes of my half marathon time. It may be a lot or it may be just a little, but either way, it’s worth being happy about.


Train smart:
It’s important to me to be satisfied with the training I’ve done, and to trust I did the best to my abilities. But after a few months of training and racing, now it’s a good time to review my training and look for things I can improve. I can’t be sure how exactly things will play out, but I can try making a few changes and see how things feel.


Nothing comes without effort:
To me this means embracing a bad race, a disappointing result, a training run I couldn’t finish.
Running is hard, but it’s worth it, for my health, my fitness, my children, my life. Making an effort is a good thing, even when it hurts. No pain, no gain.



10 Tips to Get Your Running Motivation Back

Sometimes it happens that you just lose it.
You love running, but you lose your motivation.
It may just be a bad day, or a bad week, or a bad month.
You are tired, you haven’t been eating healthy, work is crazy, you’ve gone back to smoking/drinking/doing drugs/whatever addiction you may have. You’ve fallen off the running path.

I’ve had a couple of tough weeks, and although I’ve been keeping my training and my healthy habits for the most part, I just haven’t been really feeling it. The worse thing about that, is that if you are not enjoying what you do, then you aren’t going to keep doing it for long.


Here is what has been helping me get my motivation back:

1) Relax: Sure, you probably aren’t exactly at your best moment, but stressing over the runs you didn’t take or how bad you’ve been feeling is not going to help you. Before you can get back in the game you need to breathe deep, relax, and clean your mind.

2) Forget about the future: We usually have all these long term plans of things we want to do, races we want to run, PRs we want to achieve. And although I think those goals can be great motivators, sometimes when we are overwhelmed they act against us. So I try to think about today and tomorrow only, today’s HIIT and how it’s going to make me feel so much faster, tomorrow’s long run which always leaves me tired but happy. And that’s it. Anything beyond that, I’ll deal with later.

3) Let the past go: Whatever it is that we did or didn’t do, it’s over. Forget the runs you didn’t take and the overindulgences, it’s all up from here.

4) Change your training for the upcoming week: Never mind what’s in your calendar for next month, season, etc. This week it’s OK to take it easy. Get back into running slowly but surely.

5) In a few days, revisit your goals: Sometimes the main reason we lose our motivation is because we just trained to hard, too much, too soon. Think about what may have been the trigger for your lack of motivation, and if it may be a good idea to change a few things in your training plan.

6) Google your motivation: There is so much online that can help get your motivation back. Maybe it’s reading running quotes, or running blogs, or running websites, or online shopping (for new running shoes of course).. whatever helps you get out the door and run, go find it.

7) Go for a run with a friend: Even if you don’t usually run with people, going for that first run after a bad period with a friend will help you remember how much fun running is. Don’t think of pace or miles or training, just go run and enjoy the company.

8) Update your music: If you run with music, a few songs will get you going again. Do a Yutube search of new disco/techno/country/yourstyle songs, try them at home, and if you like them take them out for a run.

9) Get it together: It’s OK to be weak every now and then. But then it’s not. Think of your kids, your health, your significant other, whatever is important to you in your life, and just get it together, for everybody.

10) Remember we have all been there: I hate to find comfort in the misery of others, but truth is there is something about others having gone through what I’m going through that makes me feel good. It makes me feel less weak, less sad, it makes me feel like I can reach out and look for support, because I will find it.



Have you ever lost your running motivation?

What helped you get it back?


I Know My Computer/Book/TV Show Will Wait For Me

I thought I was going to have a post on My Favorite Things for this morning, but I don’t. I hope later this evening.

So for now I’ll share this picture which I put on the wallpaper of my computer for ages (until I felt too guilty for not having a picture of my children in there) and it really motivated me, especially to leave the house at 5:30 in the morning to go for a run.




Log Off.
Shut Down.
Go Run.
(Or whatever you want to do, really)