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Old 12-08-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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Looking for motivation!

I have set my sights on the wine and dine half marathon for 2016. I know I have plenty of time to build myself up to be able to make the run, but I don't have anyone willing to run it with me or any real motivation to keep me going.
any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by tinkbutt View Post
I have set my sights on the wine and dine half marathon for 2016. I know I have plenty of time to build myself up to be able to make the run, but I don't have anyone willing to run it with me or any real motivation to keep me going.
any suggestions?
Set yourself some smaller goals leading up to Wine and Dine. Local races building up to the half distance, work on getting your pace down. And find a running group to learn with - lots of local running stores host fun runs, weekend races, and training groups so you can choose what works best for you. And you might even find a buddy to run the race with you.

Would that be your first big race/run?
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:09 PM   #4
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I did the 5k this past October in Disney but yes it would be my first big race. Thank you for your advice. It's rough getting started when you have no idea of where to look
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All the motivation you need is in that picture with you. Look at that baby. Do it for him/her. I know it is easier said than done.

I was looking to lose weight and get healthy on top of challenging myself when my wife told me she wanted a divorce. I hated running. I was overweight and out of shape. What more could be out of my comfort zone than running. But, I LOVE Disney so I signed up for the 2014 Tower of Terror in March. I hadn't run a step.

I just began running. I joined a couple threads on this site. I learned from them. I joined the thread for my race so I could see what I was in for. Even though you aren't running it in 2015 you could still join the thread for motivation and to learn from the people who have run it in the past.

Try to find a running group as suggested by Chiomaca. She is on another of my threads. She has good suggestions. I can't find one in my area so I may start one myself. I have been considering that.

Go to coolrunning.com, active.com, or runningintheusa.com and find some local races to run. The more races you can run to get used to running with other people, get used to pacing around other people, get used to a pre-race routine, etc... the better off you will be, especially when you get to a Disney race with 10K+ other people. It can be overwhelming.

Not to mention, the more you run and the better shape you get in the faster you become which will improve your corral placement for the race.

But motivation is one of those things that comes from within. So, my question to you is, why are you wanting to run this race? What are you looking to get out of it?
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I ran my first half marathon at the Wine and Dine inaugural half marathon in 2010. Since then, I've done a bunch of smaller races, another half and a full marathon.

First, you're going to have good days and bad with running. Everyone does. Some days it takes all you've got just to get out the door. Anything is better than nothing.

Take it slow. It can be incredibly frustrating to feel like you're improving greatly day by day only to be sidelined by an injury because you're pushing too hard, too fast. I would greatly suggest reading Marathoning for Mortals. It is a great book with running (and run/walk) training plans in the back of the book. Also, it is very motivational to read other people's stories in the book.

Keep track of your progress. On days where you are down on yourself because you had to walk too much of your training run or you didn't go as far as you had wanted, look at your running journal and see how truly far you've come.

Read running blogs! I really enjoy reading blogs of people who do ultra marathons, Ironmans and the like, not because I am remotely in the same fitness circle as them, but when I have a 5+ mile training run ahead of me and I read about their grueling 25 mile training run in 90 degree heat, it makes me feel a little better and like I don't have it so bad . One of my favorites is www.shutupandrun.net but there's lots out there!

Like a PP said, enter smaller races. I did about 5 races (5k to 10k) prior to my first half and I'm so glad I did! It takes a lot of the race day nerves away when you're not pinning a bib to your shirt for the first time or dealing with corrals or things you didn't anticipate (port-a-potty lines, running in the rain, etc.), but most of all I think it helps to teach you to pace yourself with race day adrenaline and not getting burned out too soon (longest sentence ever).

Give yourself small goals. Like if you do all the training runs that you have on the calendar this week, you get a reward. It can be something like a meal at your favorite place, a new pair of running shorts, or watching your favorite movie that weekend. I find this really helps in the final months of training when you're logging longer runs and starting to get bored or burned out from all the running. Sometimes all it takes is a new pair of running shoes or running accessory to refocus on the upcoming race and my training.

At the end of the day, you will find the motivation inside of you. Don't compare yourself to others or let the voice inside your head bring you down. Go at your own pace and enjoy the feeling of finishing a long training run and especially that feeling of crossing the finish line. It makes it all worth it!
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