Looking for some non-technical advice here. First I'll give a little background on myself. I'm 24, and just finished grad school. I live in Minneapolis. I'm looking to run 26.2 in all 50 states. I have 6 completed. I have run since I was 10, and competed in track and cross country as a student. The thrill of race day is my favorite thing in the world. I love running marathons, and have no interest in any distance longer or shorter than 26.2. My PR is 3:26, and I've run four between 3:26 and 3:30.
In 2007, I broke my spine in a car wreck and was sidelined for almost year. The fact that I lived and can run again is amazing, and motivated me to PR in Kansas City in 2008.
When it comes to training, I get lazy. I skip out on some of the long runs, and lack the motivation to reach my actual potential as a runner (I want to run Boston). There seems to be some letdown after the initial high I felt from recovering from my injuries and near death experience. I don't want to draw my motivation from that anymore, because it doesn't seem sustainable.
So my question to you is this: How do you motivate yourself? I'm really sick of underachieving. I know I can run a lot faster than I have. Anyone I try to explain this to seems to think I'm being greedy/arrogant. I simply lack the motivation to truly improve my times and get myself to Boston. So does anyone have any advice? Even small tips to keep yourself training?
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