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8/6/11 7:27 P

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Some Great points and suggestions, and solutions !

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SHIROIHANA Posts: 2,036
8/6/11 7:18 P

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It gets boring when running on a treadmill... that's how I used to run whenever it snowed outside. I can't help but feel like a hamster running inside a wheel. But whenever it comes to running a nature trail outdoors, I will never get bored. What also helps tremendously is to change the music in my mp3 after hearing the same tracks a few times. New music motivates me to keep up the pace with the beat.

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8/3/11 1:10 P

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Runs can be tedious and my motivation can be low but I never find it boring. I've been running for 35 years, it's in my blood.

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7/8/11 1:36 P

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Thanks, good to know I'm not just a total wimp. Maybe I need to start planning my long runs with a pitstop mid-way for an ice cold beer or something to keep me motivated! I'll just have to keep reminding myself how awesome it will be to run a cool, flat course in Oct!!

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7/8/11 12:17 P

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Cary- I say it is the heat! It saps the life out of my runs too! In fact I am getting ready to start training for a November marathon and I'm not all that excited about increasing my miles in the heat.
Good luck..... Your friend is right! The training is what is impressive! ;)

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7/8/11 9:46 A

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I don't know if it's boredom, the heat, or just the need for a few rest days, but the mileage is really starting to get to me! I'm training for the MCM in October, and getting motivated to get out the door early enough to beat the heat is getting tougher and tougher. Add to that, the fact that the humidity makes every run really tough, I guess I just don't finish my runs feeling like "yeah, I nailed that".. it's more like, 'thank goodness, I can't wait to shower and be done with this for the day".
Normal? It's my first marathon, so maybe it will be easier next time. My running buddy says "doing the marathon is not what's impressive, TRAINING for it in the first place is".

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7/4/11 6:04 P

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I just ran 17K /10miles today woot woot

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7/3/11 9:50 P

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emoticon everyone! reading your posts has helped and Im getting motivated

I think since I ran my first marathon last month it took way more out of me than I had at first realized. I felt OK and went on with my regular life etc... but after 10 days I had no energy to run, almost like a mini depression. But Ive since been weight training
2 X per week, Im doing some bike riding, and running 10K to 13K 1X per week and a 7K mid week I feel myself getting an over all , well rounded feeling of Fitness now instead of only running, and training for the next race.

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7/3/11 3:28 P

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I'm not sure bored is the right word. Sometimes I do get a bit unfocused though. After I qualified for Boston, I felt unfocused. Really until now, i have felt that way. However, I have added in some weight training, swimming, and biking. I also really cut my mileage a lot. And i did some 5k training. Now I'm getting ready to go into marathon training and I feel sorta ready. ;)
So I guess I am saying to mix it up a bit and you will be good. If you are bored with running, try other things. You don't have to run... Try a tri! That is good fun.

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6/29/11 5:21 P

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I'm pretty new in running, so I'm not bored yet - I have been running for about 6 years now and I still get so happy every time I go out. I love my running magazines, all the articles about running, books about running, movies about running and I can even watch marathons on TV!!! Then again, I have pretty wild imagination, so that helps when the road is monotone!!

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6/28/11 8:46 A

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Definitely!

I also find that a lot of the boredom has to do with the fact that I basically run the same route all of the time. Blah! So, I'm looking to get more into trail running and running in different locations than just my neighborhood.

Also, I like to try new things, so I took up Tae Kwon Do at the beginning of June. It's been nice to try something new and not focus so much on running. I still try to run 2-3 days a week, but I run when I want and for how long that I want, not the distance that my training schedule tells me.

I do have 3 halves coming up starting at the end of August, so I do need to pick up my running soon, but for now I'm just enjoying taking a little break from it.

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6/27/11 10:10 P

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Lately yes, so I have been doing stength training with my hubby! It helps a lot and make running short distances fun;-) I will always be a runner, but I do believe in variety!


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6/27/11 7:14 P

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The boredom's happened with me, too. It's also happening now as we speak, since I don't have a race planned on my calendar. So this might be a good opportunity to explore other fitness activities. I've bumped up my weightlifting sessions as a result.

Trail running can be really good at battling monotony. Especially if you do a race on a very technical trail - you'll feel your boredom subside, because you're too busy looking on the ground ahead of you! :D


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6/27/11 5:16 P

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I definately think running with a group helps me stay motivated!

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6/27/11 4:09 P

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thanks for those reminders emoticon that will help

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Yes - but usually because of the route or lack of a route (having to run on the dreadmill). I register for my next event before I line up for the current race. This gives me something to train for - a new challenge or target - all the time.

The other thing I do to beat boredom is to use the running events like mini-vacations. We are attempting to run a marathon in every state and pick cities to run in that are fun to visit. We arrive the day before and stay until the day after so we can soak up as much of the city as possible.

I have also started running with training groups. Adding the social aspect to training has probably been the best change in training I've made in the last 10 years!

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6/27/11 3:23 P

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do you ever get bored of running?

since ive already met my goals like 5K 10K 1/2marathon and marathon

now I dont feel the same drive motivation to keep going

just wondering

Ive been doing 10k & 12k each run and strength training 2X per week

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