In Need of Inspiration

September 13, 2012 3:22am CST
I am appealing to fellow MyLotters to help me out with a slump that I am in. I have enjoyed running since 1998 and have even competed in road races to a reasonable level. My PBs/PRs are 34.41 for 10k, 1hour 18 mins for half marathon -altohugh this was some time ago. However, I would love nothing more than to just go out for a run but I can't seem to help remembering that I will probably never achieve these times again. It sounds ridiculous, even more so when all I want is to just get back to recreational running. I have sporadically run to work and back sometimes but then lapsed into sedentary slumber! Has anyone else had this problem? If so, I would love to hear how you have managed to get back on the road.
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@Anne18 (11036)
19 Dec 12
I normally run/jog on the wiifit plus, when I haven't been on for a few days I get very lazy and don't really want ot og on it, so what I do is just go for a gentle jog and don't worry about how far I am going and that gets me back into the swing of things to beat my pb again. Hope you have found the will to run again and doing very well with it. Hope you get some good times in your races
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30 Dec 12
Thanks for your post Anne. I have had a bit of a dodgy foot injury which has blighted my ability to run. However, with an impending New Year afoot (pardon the pun) I am full of unbreakable resolve to start afresh. You are right to enjoy your running by whatever means.I knew a very good cross country runner called Steve Tunstall (he was a GB international and ran for the French Foreign Legion) and even he had his 'dog days' when he would purposefully leave his watch at home and just go out and run for the sake of it. I guess we all can get hung up with PBs,minutes per mile etc etc! It's nice to know that even the best go back to basics now and then.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
15 Sep 12
I haven't had a slump per se - but after high school (20 years ago) I quit running competitively. Your PRs are much better than mine, my best 10K is 49, my half is 1:36, and I'll be running St. George (marathon) next month. I'm shooting for under 4 but I'm going to run with the 3:45 pace group. I started running races again in 2011 and joined several local running groups in 2012. I also do long distance relays, mostly Ragnars (www.ragnarrelay.com) and a small one called Red Rock which is only in Moab & Zion (Utah). I recommend joining a running group or club locally, and then figuring out what your favorite distances are. My favorite runs are the relays, 12 (regular) or 6 (ultra) people who run for two days, overnight, and cover around 200 miles. I've done 4 relays in the last 2 years and have another one coming up in Vegas in Nov. I also really enjoy half marathons and am looking at ultras, like 50 and 100 mile runs. I don't really enjoy 5Ks, they are too short, and even one 10K by itself is bordering on too short. I can handle shorter legs within a relay because I run 3 times plus I often run an extra leg or two with other teammates who don't want to run alone at night. I will pace anybody as long as they run my pace or slower, slower is better so I don't wipe myself out. Whatever you do, make it fun. Come up with a goal, and then look for a race that fits into your goal, far enough in advance that you have time to train. Trust me, once you register for a race and PAY for it, you will feel more inclined to train and less likely to sit on the couch, give up, or decide not to do it. There are tons of training programs you can use too, Couch 2 5K is a good one to ease you back into running and make it really REALLY easy, or you can look up ones from Hal Higdon (he has a good half marathon and marathon training plan for newbies and intermediate). I hope I never lose my love for running, I love to eat so running is perfect, if I run 30-50 miles a week, I can eat anything I want and almost as much of whatever I want without worrying about it lol. Gotta fuel the bod to crank out the mileage!
17 Sep 12
Hi mommyboo. Thanks very much for some great ideas there - I'll certainly try and put some of them into practice. I definitely agree that paying for races upfront is a great motivator and one that I had forgotten about, so thanks for that in particular. I admire you for contemplating ultras - the marathon is probably my limit but I don't like 5ks either. I think they are a waste of time and preparation -not least because I am losing a bit of speed at 44! Best of luck with your next challenge and have a great day!
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
10 Dec 12
Update - I ran St. George in 3:30 and qualified for Boston . My best 10K time is now about 45 and my best 5K is 22:03. I ran my first ultra a few weeks after my first marathon and I really enjoyed it, so I'll be running another one probably sometime next year if I have time. I have 4 long distance relays plus Boston and my annual PR half planned for next year so it all depends on scheduling lol.
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30 Dec 12
Congratulations mommyboo, that's fantastic especially as you were initially aiming to break 4 hours - you've absolutely smashed it! You've also knocked 4 minutes off your 10k time since your original post and that is very impressive. I have had a recurring foot injury,which hasn't helped my predicament, but I will be aiming to throw some speed workouts into the mix as I am almost 45 now and speed gets harder to retain as the years slip by. I'm confident I can get to 36 minutes for 10k sometime this year -providing my foot holds out. I would like to do a marathon this year -maybe Liverpool or Chester-to gain a 'good for age' entry into the 2014 London Marathon. I need to do sub 3:15 for this (I think) and I have,quite recently, done 3:08 already on a very tough,hilly course (Windermere) so I am fairly hopeful on a flatter/easier(!)profile. Stamina does not seem to be an issue with me but I do need to remember the words of Peter Coe which he instilled into the mindset of his son - young Sebastian......'never be too far away from speed'. Speed sessions are painful but they are the only way to radical improvement...unfortunately!