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    Not sure if it's the weather or the gym but I have lost my passion, my love for running outside and running long. Not so good being that I have a marathon to train for and so far this year i have not ran longer than 10 miles. 
    
    It started when the weather was all icy and too grim even for me to man up to and so I headed for my gym to run there. I decided that I would do interval sessions and speed work... After two weeks I can't be bothered running outside and even when I do, I get bored and fed up after 4 miles and really have to push myself to run a 10K. (even thou thanks to only a couple of weeks of speed work I'm finding that my pace has picked up loads)
    
    I think I have lost the passion and love for long distances? Maybe even running. I have not had a race for over four months and have got a half coming up in two weeks which I hope will get me back on track but the thought of it is not even exciting me... More stressing me out on having to wake at 6 to drive to wales in time to pick up my race number etc) 
    
    Has anyone else gone through this, got any solutions or guidance on how I can get back on track. I work odd hours working in theatre so just can't join a running club as I would never be around for the runs. Not of my friends do running and those who do are a lot slower than me and can;t go the distance as they don't train for races just do it for exercise. 
    
    It's killing me inside that the very effort and thought of lacing up sends a chill down me. 
    
    Any advice or even some bullying comments that will make me man up will be greatly received. 
    
    Thanks 
     
    Not sure if it's the weather or the gym but I have lost my passion, my love for running outside and running long. Not so good being that I have a marathon to train for and so far this year i have not ran longer than 10 miles. 
    
    It started when the weather was all icy and too grim even for me to man up to and so I headed for my gym to run there. I decided that I would do interval sessions and speed work... After two weeks I can't be bothered running outside and even when I do, I get bored and fed up after 4 miles and really have to push myself to run a 10K. (even thou thanks to only a couple of weeks of speed work I'm finding that my pace has picked up loads)
    
    I think I have lost the passion and love for long distances? Maybe even running. I have not had a race for over four months and have got a half coming up in two weeks which I hope will get me back on track but the thought of it is not even exciting me... More stressing me out on having to wake at 6 to drive to wales in time to pick up my race number etc) 
    
    Has anyone else gone through this, got any solutions or guidance on how I can get back on track. I work odd hours working in theatre so just can't join a running club as I would never be around for the runs. Not of my friends do running and those who do are a lot slower than me and can;t go the distance as they don't train for races just do it for exercise. 
    
    It's killing me inside that the very effort and thought of lacing up sends a chill down me. 
    
    Any advice or even some bullying comments that will make me man up will be greatly received. 
    
    Thanks
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    Finally popped my marathon cherry, sub 4 next.
    Posted:
    Based on the title I thought 'Viagra' was going to be the answer to your problem.
    
    On a more serious note, I've had this and you can think of nothing worse and just hate running. I found the best method is to rest up and take time off, a week off or two should do it. Also, as long as you're not feeling exhausted/over worked it may be worth doing some other activity for A) Fitness B) Escape from running.
    
    I had 'runners exhaustion' a few weeks back and was hating running, a week off and I'm fixed! 
     
    Based on the title I thought 'Viagra' was going to be the answer to your problem.
    
    On a more serious note, I've had this and you can think of nothing worse and just hate running. I found the best method is to rest up and take time off, a week off or two should do it. Also, as long as you're not feeling exhausted/over worked it may be worth doing some other activity for A) Fitness B) Escape from running.
    
    I had 'runners exhaustion' a few weeks back and was hating running, a week off and I'm fixed!
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    Posted:
    I went through this when i left the military after 23 years and finally didn't have anyone or anything telling me i HAD to run! I was a gym rat for 3 months which then started to lessen until i was doing nothing. After 6 months of nothing i realised i was over a stone heavier.
    
    To combat this (Excuse the pun) i signed up for the wall ultra (69 miles). The thought of starting out again terified me but over the first few weeks i broke the feeling as i had something to aim for that i wanted to do not what the the military was tellig me i had to do.
    
    now running 4 - 5 times a week from speed sessions to long runs and have the Brighton Marathon in 2 weeks.
    
    Aiming for something worked for me, if this appraoch does not do it for you then i can only say Man Up Princess!
    
    
    [quote]Not sure if it's the weather or the gym but I have lost my passion, my love for running outside and running long. Not so good being that I have a marathon to train for and so far this year i have not ran longer than 10 miles. 
    
    It started when the weather was all icy and too grim even for me to man up to and so I headed for my gym to run there. I decided that I would do interval sessions and speed work... After two weeks I can't be bothered running outside and even when I do, I get bored and fed up after 4 miles and really have to push myself to run a 10K. (even thou thanks to only a couple of weeks of speed work I'm finding that my pace has picked up loads)
    
    I think I have lost the passion and love for long distances? Maybe even running. I have not had a race for over four months and have got a half coming up in two weeks which I hope will get me back on track but the thought of it is not even exciting me... More stressing me out on having to wake at 6 to drive to wales in time to pick up my race number etc) 
    
    Has anyone else gone through this, got any solutions or guidance on how I can get back on track. I work odd hours working in theatre so just can't join a running club as I would never be around for the runs. Not of my friends do running and those who do are a lot slower than me and can;t go the distance as they don't train for races just do it for exercise. 
    
    It's killing me inside that the very effort and thought of lacing up sends a chill down me. 
    
    Any advice or even some bullying comments that will make me man up will be greatly received. 
    
    Thanks[/quote] 
     
    I went through this when i left the military after 23 years and finally didn't have anyone or anything telling me i HAD to run! I was a gym rat for 3 months which then started to lessen until i was doing nothing. After 6 months of nothing i realised i was over a stone heavier.
    
    To combat this (Excuse the pun) i signed up for the wall ultra (69 miles). The thought of starting out again terified me but over the first few weeks i broke the feeling as i had something to aim for that i wanted to do not what the the military was tellig me i had to do.
    
    now running 4 - 5 times a week from speed sessions to long runs and have the Brighton Marathon in 2 weeks.
    
    Aiming for something worked for me, if this appraoch does not do it for you then i can only say Man Up Princess!
    
    
    [quote]Not sure if it's the weather or the gym but I have lost my passion, my love for running outside and running long. Not so good being that I have a marathon to train for and so far this year i have not ran longer than 10 miles. 
    
    It started when the weather was all icy and too grim even for me to man up to and so I headed for my gym to run there. I decided that I would do interval sessions and speed work... After two weeks I can't be bothered running outside and even when I do, I get bored and fed up after 4 miles and really have to push myself to run a 10K. (even thou thanks to only a couple of weeks of speed work I'm finding that my pace has picked up loads)
    
    I think I have lost the passion and love for long distances? Maybe even running. I have not had a race for over four months and have got a half coming up in two weeks which I hope will get me back on track but the thought of it is not even exciting me... More stressing me out on having to wake at 6 to drive to wales in time to pick up my race number etc) 
    
    Has anyone else gone through this, got any solutions or guidance on how I can get back on track. I work odd hours working in theatre so just can't join a running club as I would never be around for the runs. Not of my friends do running and those who do are a lot slower than me and can;t go the distance as they don't train for races just do it for exercise. 
    
    It's killing me inside that the very effort and thought of lacing up sends a chill down me. 
    
    Any advice or even some bullying comments that will make me man up will be greatly received. 
    
    Thanks[/quote]
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  • Posted:
    I think the first question to task is why do you run? If you run because it's fun, then you should take time off and do something different until running feels good again. Whatever the reason is, I think you really need some time off.
    
    If you insist keeping on the hobby, then I would suggest considering the following things:
    
    - find a running buddy, that is, a fun person who can run the same pace with you. Nothing wrong to find an attractive friend, I'm sure you are not the only one working odd hours.
    
    - Set yourself a goal. Maybe in stead of long distance, you could run shorter distances with faster pace. This allows you to change your routine, use gym as an resource while still keeping your running shoes on.
    
    - Or you may stop looking for motivation altogether and just do it. That's likely unpleasant route, but I have found that waiting to be motivated means I NEVER do anything.
    
    I would still say don't take running too seriously. Your hobby shouldn't define you and world is full of great sports to enjoy. 
     
    I think the first question to task is why do you run? If you run because it's fun, then you should take time off and do something different until running feels good again. Whatever the reason is, I think you really need some time off.
    
    If you insist keeping on the hobby, then I would suggest considering the following things:
    
    - find a running buddy, that is, a fun person who can run the same pace with you. Nothing wrong to find an attractive friend, I'm sure you are not the only one working odd hours.
    
    - Set yourself a goal. Maybe in stead of long distance, you could run shorter distances with faster pace. This allows you to change your routine, use gym as an resource while still keeping your running shoes on.
    
    - Or you may stop looking for motivation altogether and just do it. That's likely unpleasant route, but I have found that waiting to be motivated means I NEVER do anything.
    
    I would still say don't take running too seriously. Your hobby shouldn't define you and world is full of great sports to enjoy.
    Report
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