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Riverbed Running & motivation

This past weekend I went out to one of my favorite places to run, the Riverbed. It always is packed full of people out running, walking and biking, even though some of the bikers are rude, it’s nice to run along there and say hello to so many people in the mornings. I’ve been doing my long runs there lately on the weekends because I’ve been doing well doing out and back runs. Now that I am working on getting back into running and beginning training again, I really have been working on my motivation for running and getting back into a routine has been a little difficult, but being consistent has been helping.

Running on the riverbed and regaining motivation

Another thing I do when I’m heading out for a long run is focusing on each mile instead of thinking of all the miles I have to run. This helps a lot doing out and back runs when I think I only have to run 5 miles out and then I can turn around and just have to make it back home. This weekend I did a 10 miler and really focused on each mile. I started with the first mile and then focused on each mile after that instead of being overwhelmed at the distance I had to cover. Around mile 7 I started to feel tired and realized I only had a 5K to go. I split up the last three miles and focused on each of them instead of the fact that I would probably be running for another 30 minutes. When in training, I need to remember that it’s sacrificing some things, but I know it will pay off come race day.

You know you're a runner when Saturday mornings are earlier than Monday. Though running has gotten easier over the past month, I’m still thinking that a marathon is a daunting task! It’s never something to be taken lightly and the distance is to be respected, no matter what. I know I have a few more months to train and I know right now that consistency is key. I do really well when I know I have to do something for “X amount of days”, and I’m the queen of countdowns, so right now I have 69 days until race day and I just need to make these next 60 something days count!


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  • Reply CARLA

    YES to the distance respected.
    completely why I will always be a CHEEEERER and never the runner.

    February 11, 2015 at 4:25 am
  • Reply Amy

    I came back to your blog after being away from blog reading for quite awhile. You are an inspiration to me because I’m also getting back into distance running. Keep up the great work Danica, you are doing awesome.

    February 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm
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    Your absolutely right about taking the marathon distance lightly. I ran my first ultra, 58 miles. I thought I could parlay that into less training and roll right into my marathon. Well phoenix marathon is 2 days away and I’m no where near ready. All my fault.

    February 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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