"How do you motivate yourself? I'm really sick of underachieving. I know I can run a lot faster than I have."
A: Very rare is the person who trains solo yet still finds a way to push beyond their own hard-wired comfort zone. So I too echo the notion that you'd profit from plugging into a buddy network.
The good news is that Minny is blessed with many great running clubs. Here's a list:
Less formal running groups can also be found at Twin Cities fitness clubs and running specialty stores.
Swapping info w/ others, sharing long runs, speed sessions, a post-workout breakfast (or brew), etc. will provide you with constant inspiration and motivation. And that will put you on a path toward consistent training and improved finish times.
It's all waiting for you in 2011. Good luck!
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