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I finished the C25K a few months ago with a friend here in Brisbane, and when she stopped running, for a while I was doing the 1 hour runner program with a cyber buddy in the USA, who is really nice and I enjoyed chatting to her by email.<br><br>
I can do 7km in just under 45 minutes. I can get out 3-4 mornings a week. I've been struggling with a bit of periostitis in my right shin, but after a visit to the podiatrist, it's going really well. I also run with my two dogs. My 2 year old Australian Cattle Dog comes out with me for my "long" runs, and in between times, I do week 1 or week 2 of C25K with my young kelpie, I don't want to do too much with him too soon, he's an amazing athlete and I've got big plans for him in the agility competition ring.<br><br>
I won a pair of new Nike shoes in a magazine, and on Sunday I won $100 voucher for 2xu clothing so I've got a nice singlet and shorts on the way. At least I'll look good.<br><br>
I'm losing interest. I really enjoy stretching myself and honestly, I'm thrilled with how far I've come since I started C25K in May. However, running itself isn't motivating enough for me to keep going. I go out because my dogs love it. There isn't a fun run that I can use as a goal in the near future (aiming for a 10k uphill trail run in May, but that's a long long way away). I don't have a program I can follow because I'm sort of doing two things with two dogs at two different levels. I really enjoy having a running buddy but my local friend has a husband who tells her that running is antisocial and antifamily and throws every obstacle known in her path so she's not often able to get out. My US friend is out of action for a while with a torn calf muscle. And, I'm sick to death of the stuff on my mp3 player.<br><br>
So, I need a goal, I need a program, I need someone at my level to share stories with and I really need some better music on my mp3 player.<br><br>
My hubby is an ultra runner and he's said he'd help me with some sort of plan. I can fix what's on my mp3 player.<br><br>
I think there's an 8k run in January I can aim for, will have to check that out, it'll be very hot and humid indeed in January in Brisbane.That's a bit closer.<br><br>
If anyone is at my level (aiming for 10k by Christmas time at the latest) and feel like a chat, I'd love to hear from you. Anyone been totally demotivated, I'd also love to hear from you, I need to get out of this slump. Any other suggestions gratefully received.<br><br>
Thanks for listening/reading<br><br>
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hey Audrey, I saw your post! I can't help you with your running or motivation, but I could suggest some good songs for your mp3 player at least! I'll email you privately.<br><br>
Susan, your cyberfriend from NY
 

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Change of scenery works wonders! Went camping last weekend, to a really quiet town on a peaceful bay. Was pretty unenthusiastic about getting up, but I took the dog for a run yesterday, did nearly 8km along a very solitary path through some bush with views overlooking the ocean. Was lovely. I've found an 8km fun run next Sunday morning along a beach and up around a light house. Might try and get out to do that. Getting some new music. Feeling a bit recharged.<br><br>
Chuck, I'll get there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> My goal is 20km, to run an endurance test with my dog. He can't do it until he's 2 years old, so that's March 2009.<br><br>
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Change your route...that may liven things up a bit. It sounds really stupid...but just changing my route from clockwise to counter-clockwise made a big difference. Seeing things from a different perspective might give you a little bit of a change.<br><br>
As for the Ipod...I strongly suggest you listen to some podcasts. When I hear the same old songs over and over again, my mind tends to wander and I get bored. Podcasts tend to keep me engaged more and the miles seem to fly by. A podcast is basically just a radio show in MP3 format. Most of them are 30-60 minutes long. I have 5 that I listen to regularly...all are very good.<br><br>
Here they are in no particular order: (all are free and can be found on iTunes)<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phedippidations</span> - Running podcast done by a guy in Boston. He records a large portion of each show during his weekend long runs. Topics are usually running-themed...but can vary.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">This American Life</span> - Totally non-running. Weekly show talks about has 3 or 4 stories centered around a common theme. One of my all time favorites...definitely check this one out.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The BS Report w/ Bill Simmons</span> - ESPN podcast....sports....funny dude...enough said.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sound Opinions</span> - Music podcast done by the music critics for the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune. Interviews, reviews, music news, etc. Good way to hear about new music not played on the radio.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">TWIT (This Week in Tech)</span> - I'm a computer nerd...this is a very tech-centric podcast...probably not for everyone.
 

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Audrey,<br>
I found that when I transfered my motivational focus to something other than myself, it helped keep me going. I stopped running for me and started running for my family. I wanted them to see me around for a little longer, my health was poor and decreasing fast. I said I'll focus on doing it for them, instead of me.<br>
Perhaps you could do it for your pets (dogs) who I'm sure love to run and exercise with you? Think how disappointed they might be if there's no run today? <grin><br>
Don't worry, this is a passing brief thing all we runners go through periodically. This too shall pass.<br>
Go get 'em.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I'm feeling a lot better, having changed my route, changed my music and met a lady who lives near me who I run with once or twice a month.<br><br>
Happy running <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
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I have a PDF of last year's Runner's World "Motivation 101" article [May '07], for anyone who wants/needs it.<br><br>
PM me with your e and I'll get it to you.<br><br>
Glad to help.<br><br>
R.
 

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It sounds like you've run out of meaningful (to you) goals. Remember when it was new and you were reaching a new place all the time? Find yourself a race or some other new goal (like run a 5K in under 30:00) or something. Compliment your running with something new like weights, yoga, biking, swimming or something else. Also, if you haven't had a break in a while you might be a bit burnt out.<br><br>
Remember that your body adjusts to change so once the change becomes routine you stop progressing. You need to be changing things up all the time. Every 4-6 weeks change up your program and take a break in between.<br><br>
Also, don't forget to take some time and reflect on how far you've come. Appreciate all your hard work and don't take it for granted.
 
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