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Re-kindling the Motivation to Run

Without a big race on my calendar, I’m finding it very difficult to stay motivated to get out and run four or five times a week.

It’s around this time of year that I’m usually counting down the days to a spring marathon. The BMO Vancouver Marathon is next Sunday and the Ottawa Race Weekend is just four weeks away.

Meanwhile, I have nothing to push towards and that’s left me with a decreased fitness level, and about ten extra pounds on my body compared to this time last year. I need to fix that somehow.

The obvious solution is to sign up for a fall marathon, but I really don’t want to run 42.2km again anytime soon. I’ve tried running the training schedule for a bit and then easing off once the runs get over 25km on Sunday, but without the race, I just don’t have the discipline to force myself out the door five days a week.

Maybe now that the weather has improved I can get out the door more often. I really just need to re-establish those habits of running no matter what on specific days. That used to be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. But with Eastbound Run Crew runs on Monday, I think it’s going to be more like Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Consider this post the start of that new four runs per week habit. It starts now…