Finding motivation

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    Apr 13, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    Don't get me wrong: I'm motivated to train!

    But today is wet, cold, gray and generally nasty (Seattle... ). The workout isn't hard, and hour or 70 minutes running, but getting out the door sure is.

    What do you do to motivate yourself out the door for a run on "those days"?

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    Apr 14, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    I actually like running in the rain. As long as it's not a serious downpour. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    Are you sure you are motivated? Motivation in a general context is one thing which I'm sure you have (you look very motivated in your profile pic, lol), but motivation at the focus/ goal level might be lacking for you. Exogenous circumstances become irrelevant when training is goal-oriented, or if there is a laser-precise focus. If rain bums you out then maybe whatever goal you have is not strong enough to carry you through at this particular moment in your day/week/life. It is usually a sign to do something else instead and wait for inspiration or motivation.
    As someone who used to run in every weather condition, I ran because I wanted to get better; but, once I became satisfied, for a time, with my skill level I lost the motivation to run when I didn't feel like it or during rain. Besides, with running it is best to listen to your body. It is like losing weight, the greatest motivation to drop poundage is fashion and sex, not health and fitness. Maybe you just need to find a very specific motivator that is unique to yourself.

    Or, all the above might be wrong and you are suffering from a very relaxed nervous-system. Apparently, the more you train, the deeper into "relaxation-mode" the nervous system spirals and this causes a prolonged period of "fuck-it-all" feelings So, if you wake up in the morning and you are tired/lazy then that may be a sign that you just need some time to rev up your body. I know many people who usually need about 3 miles before they feel good. I, personally, need about a week. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    tazzari saidDon't get me wrong: I'm motivated to train!

    But today is wet, cold, gray and generally nasty (Seattle... ). The workout isn't hard, and hour or 70 minutes running, but getting out the door sure is.

    What do you do to motivate yourself out the door for a run on "those days"?



    I run with friends.
    That helps

    And make those rambo runs. Get as muddy as possible. It somehow makes things more fun.
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    Apr 15, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Wow! I really got raked over the coals! 

    But I think you forget that there are two kinds of motivation. One is where you are competing to win, the other where you just enjoy keeping in shape. I’ve done the former: I remember 600-hour years; peaking the training in November with 25-hour weeks (3 hrs in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, three days a week); doing five-minute race-pace repeats at -25 C while we were preparing for the ’87 World Championships, w3eaqring so many layers we looked like the Michelin Man; training in the fall on the Dachstein glacier at 9,000 feet in 40 mph wind and fog; 18-20 mile runs in late fall rain and sleet, and having to be helped to unzip my warm-ups because my fingers were too cold; a 30 km workout in Meinignen at -20 C or so, because when were we going to get the chance to put real mileage on special cold-weather waxes again? and actually being worried whether I could make the second 15 km loop because of the cold… I’ve done all that, and enjoyed it, too. But I don’t need that anymore.

    Motivation can also carry you into injury or illness, if it’s not combined with what the Swedes call “training intelligence.” The best athlete we ever had on our team never performed with any consistency because he was so motivated that he often over-trained himself into illness. So there’s also discipline. I like to think that motivation is strategic, while discipline is tactical: sometimes it makes sense to do less, and discipline also includes things like eating well and resting well – even taking time off. The three most successful athletes I ever knew (all three were world champions) took resting to be as important as training and technique. That’s also discipline. The motivation is the battery – but you have to direct that energy wisely.

    Now I’m enjoying simple fitness motivation. I’ve done the other kind. These days I want to enjoy training, and be in good enough shape to enjoy my sport, maybe even do a race or two – but not to win anymore – but to enjoy, participate, pick off a few stragglers. I don’t need to go out and bust ass – hey, this is for fun! and one day off isn’t going to make any difference at all when the season rolls around.

    For the record, I did get out the door. Haven’t missed a planned training day in months. But I reserve the right to rest and take the rare day off.

    LGWC - a training buddy does help a lot!
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    Apr 18, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    Ahhhh, the rainy cold days that make you just want to stay in bed. Luckily, I live right across from an indoor track, so I have no excuses on those days.

    Glad to hear you still made it out the door!
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    Apr 18, 2009 2:24 AM GMT
    I like to indoor rock climb on rainy days here in SF
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    Apr 18, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    It was 76 and clear today in N.O. And that's what I like about the south.....
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    Jun 11, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    I rely on supplements to get my ass out the door... N.O.-Xplode works wonders for me. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    No problem with motivation ow! I'm at my ranch in BC, and just did a 2 1/4 hr hill run. Can't get enough of it - AND I'm starting to feel very noticeable improvement!
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    Jun 15, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
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