Change your focus and goals to regain motivation

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    Sep 27, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    I recently had an exercise epiphany and wanted to share it with others who might be feeling the same thing I was.

    I started running when I was in college, mostly to maintain a healthy weight. Then I got into competitive running, mostly 1 mile and 5Ks, so I was running to become a better athlete.

    As I've gotten older and I've got a more sedentary lifestyle, my focus has been on running to lose or maintain a certain weight. But as it is with age, results don't come as easy. So for most of this year, I've had a hard time staying motivated. No reward = no motivation.

    But then a couple of weeks ago, I ran a 5K for the first time in two years. I was more than 11 minutes off my best time. It was humbling to say the least.

    And that's when I had my epiphany. There is no reason I shouldn't be able to run a 5K time close to what I did years ago. There are men 20 years older than me running in the low 20 minute range.

    Since that race I've been highly motivated by focusing on regaining a good race time. I'm in training mode now. I also realized my stamina and overall athleticism is not nearly what it should be. And there's no good reason for that.

    I'm motivated again.
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    Sep 28, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    At least you started running in college. That muscle memory is coming back. And you'll get to your old run time (or better) soon enough. icon_cool.gif

    I started running after college and it was a big struggle. But my best run time for a 3-mile run was ~21:30. I'm a little older and more muscular, so my endurance isn't quite what it used to be. I'm kinda stuck at 2 miles right now. But I'm gradually making my way back up. icon_confused.gif