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Firstly - hello!
Just wondered if anyone has any advice for a lack of motivation for going out on a long run for marathon training. I always struggle to run any further than about 14-15 miles in training even although I'm fit enough to go further. I just can't be bothered when it's just a training run.
I'm not exactly a seasoned pro when it comes to running - this is my background:
Up until this year I'd done a few charity 10k runs and a half marathon. I'd done a bit of running in my spare time just for general fitness and keeping up fitness for playing football and I'd kind of blagged the 10k runs I did (and the half marathon really!) but that was pretty much just 4 mile runs or so.
I decided to do something this year to get me back into training as I'd stopped football and wanted to stay in shape. I signed up for a 100 mile challenge this year for charity - which entailed an Ultra Marathon (33 miles), 2 marathons and a 15 mile hill run.
I was massively under prepared for the Ultra Marathon, having only managed to motivate myself to run about 13-14 miles in training a few times. I got through the 33 miles on pure stubborness alone I think! Next up was the 15 mile hill run about 6 weeks later - I was slightly better prepared for that and quite enjoyed the run on the day. A month later I had the Edinburgh Marathon, and I managed to do one 17.5 mile run in training and again the rest were 13-14 mile runs (about 2 or 3 of them). If anyone did Edinburgh Marathon this year, you'll know it was bloody hot!! I was pretty knackered at about 18 miles and struggled until about 22 miles and then I was on the home straight and got a second wind. Not a fast time (about 4 hours 45) but I was happy enough given the temperature!!
So - I then didn't go out at all until about 3 weeks ago (so about 3 months with no running) because I made a bit of a comeback at football. I went out and ran 6 miles, then 10 miles in consecutive weekends and really struggled - I think more with motivation than anything else. During the following week, I went out and ran a 50 minute 10k which is about as fast I've done it in 3 or 4 years. Then three days later I entered a local 17.5 mile coastal challenge because I thought I'd manage to motivate myself for that if it was an organised run. Right enough, I did way better than I imagined and completed it in 2 hours 39 mins (it was seriously hilly too!). So, I was buzzing after that for the Loch Ness Marathon at the end of September, thinking I'd go out this weekend for a 20 mile run, next weekend for a bit further and then maybe go easy the last weekend before the run. So, I managed a couple of shorter ones during the week, and took 3 minutes off my 10k time. I then headed out yesterday for a 20 mile run and got to 4 miles and just had no motivation and stopped. I tried again today and did manage 15 miles, but was hoping to do a lot more.
So, the question after all that is: is there anything I can do to pick myself up for the long training runs so I can improve my marathon time? Otherwise, I'll just be struggling again beyond the sort of 18 mile mark!
Any words of wisdom greatly appreciated!