Running Out Of Motivation

9 years ago
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I ran an 8.5 mile fun run a couple of Sunday’s ago. Yes, I know serious runners will think so what? but I’m not very good at running, or any sport or exercise programme. So for me this was a long distance that needed to be half run half walked. I didn’t complete it in the time I was aiming for as I wasn’t fit enough. It wasn’t helped by the unusually high temperatures we had, (about 20℃, which for Britain is pretty good), causing me to continually pour water over my head, but I cant always use that as an excuse. I have another charity run, albeit a shorter 5 mile one, in three weeks time. I am running this with a friend who didn’t enter last year due to pregnancy, but will probably outrun me yet again. The year before when we ran together she didn’t have to stop once. Unlike me who was alright when I started but soon dropped to a fast walking pace when I saw the uphills looming. So I need to train and get fitter to avoid embarrassment and disappointment. This is where you can help me.

 

When I train, whether its indoors or out, I use my iPod to motivate me to move. I have it on high volume and try to select upbeat tracks to keep me going. The problem is I’ve been doing this for a while now and I’ve listened to them all so many times they don’t have the same effect anymore. Some of them may start me off but then the boredom sets in and I struggle to keep going. What I need is a new playlist packed with fast noisy tracks to spur me on. I don’t care if they are new releases or not, in fact the old ones are probably better as I may have them already buried in my old CD collection. 

 

At the moment my jogging playlist is diverse with such classics as “Beautiful Day” by U2 mixed with cheasy “Boom Shack-A-Lack” by Apach Indian and “Swords of a Thousand men” by Tenpole Tudor. So yes, we’re talking quite old! I’ve tried searching for appropriate playlists online but some sites seem to think as long as its got running in the title it will do the job, (yes I have got “Born To Run” by Bruce Springstein). I need more than that. I need it to make me want to move, and move fast. I preferably want ones with some words so I can concentrate on listening to the track and not watching the clock in the vain hope that I’ve run for long enough. 

 

So come on all you runners, and hopefuls, let me know what makes you go, (and no All-bran jokes please!) :).

 

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