Losing your Passion

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    Oct 14, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    Do you ever get so frustrated with your sport of choice that you just want to toss your goals away? If so, what have you chosen to do about it?

    Personally, I'm talking years of training to consistently fall just a teeny bit short of my expectations.

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    Oct 14, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    My frustrations lie in the dual threat of aging and repeated injuries. Both are slowing me down and making me question if I will ever be injury free again. And will I be competitive, or have to settle for being just a recreational runner.

    I can't imagine ceasing running completely. I have been replacing runs with bike riding, including serious hill work and long, steady rides; this mimics running's speed workout and LSD.

    Are you frustrated with your progress? You did great last week -- just checked your finish time. I'll swap your time for my last one any day [5:05].
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    Oct 14, 2009 5:41 AM GMT
    Obligatory Homer Simpson quote..
    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try." icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, I don't think I've ever gotten frustrated to the point where I just wanted to stop completely. But then again, I don't compete in any of my sports/activities. Everything I do is for health and leisure. I don't really set concrete goals for myself. I just strive to do better each time.

    Do you have any theories as to why you're not performing optimally? Maybe you need to fine tune your training? Or maybe you just need to take a break?
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    Oct 14, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    Yea, like MarathonManiac, I've suffered from multiple running injuries. It's hard when I cycle through building up, breaking down, and then having to rebuild when while not even getting any races in is extremely frustrating so I feel your pain. A part of me wants to throw in the towel, but the problem there is that I'm taking it too seriously and not keeping running in bounds with being a recreational activity, but rather I'm making it a stressor. That's what leads to injury and burnout I think. I mean our bodies and minds can only handle so much stress and we usually have plenty of it with our careers, school, families, or all of the above.

    I think you actually sound kind of burned out. Maybe cut out your hard runs, and run to maintain some level of fitness, then re-evaluate when you feel motivated again? If you just finished a marathon you need a recovery month anyway.
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    Oct 14, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    isn't that every man's life story to a degree?

    but the quest itself can only improve your abilities, so it's worth it. Horner Simpson doesn't know shit..haha. it's all in the trying.