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Motivation to run?

Does anyone have tips for staying motivated. I am trying to increase my mileage in training for a marathon and am having difficulty motivating myself to get on the treadmill or go outside to run. I make excuses that it's too hot or too crowded at the gym. Any pointers?

Mon. May 22, 9:46am

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Funny...I was just talking about this with friends the other day! Seems like everyone has their own motivation...whether it is getting ready for a race or noticing how your legs get stronger as you go. There's also the shorter term adrenline rush or just the feeling of being in the zone...

Curious what others have to say! Also, you might like this clip we found floating around online from new balance - maybe it'll help motivate! (it's the link at the bottom of this post) Let me know what you think :)


Monday, May 22, 2006, 9:53 AM

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Give yourself a pep talk, and tell yourself you only need to go out for 15 minutes. If you don't want to do any more, come home. But, chances are, after 15 minutes, you'll feel energized and actually want keep going! I feel like if I am going to run long distance (45 min+) those first 15 minutes are the toughest, and I never turn back after they are done!

Monday, May 22, 2006, 10:55 AM

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Whenever I feel like blowing off my run, I try to think about the great sense of accomplishment - how good I feel after I am done, how I have boosted my metabolism for the rest of the day, how great it is to step into the shower and wash away all the sweat - that is the best feeling.

Also, if you get some really great music that you find it IMPOSSIBLE not to move to, it makes it a lot easier to get started and keep going.

I also agree with the poster above who said to just do 15 minutes. This is an amazing strategy, because you almost always will keep going, and if not, then you have at least done 15 minutes! So you can't lose!

Monday, May 22, 2006, 12:58 PM

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I find visualizations to work wonders. When I'm running at the gym I visualize running outdoors surrounded by trees, and I find my Ipod really helps keep me from all the little gym distractions. Maybe while your running visualize your running the marathon and crossing the finish line. Good luck!

Monday, May 22, 2006, 1:03 PM

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Even when I really don't want to run, I put on my running clothes. Once you have them on, it feels really silly to take them off without at least heading out the door for 15 minutes.
I agree completely with the 15 minute idea. Often, I find I psych myself out when I think of really long runs, but if I promise myself I'll just go 10 or 15 min., I rarely turn back.

Monday, May 22, 2006, 1:53 PM

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