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Monday Motivation #1

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Since my last post about the Half Marathon of Den Helder, and my posts about the Nike+ Run Club in Auckland, I haven’t really written about my running training lately. The reason? To be honest, there is no ‘real’ reason, accept that I still haven’t resumed my training scheme for the half marathon and I haven’t found the right routine yet. This is not only because I had to settle down first here in Auckland, and get used to the environment again. No, it’s also because I have a lot on my mind at the moment, which causes a lack of focus, and I still haven’t found a goal to train for. Despite all of that, my running is going surprisingly well. It’s time for some Monday motivation!

Yesterday’s Run

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Tamaki Drive

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City view from Tamaki Drive

Yesterday I planned to go out for a long run, and since the weather forecast seemed to be quite good, I just went for it. Considering that I haven’t run further than 11k since my arrival in Auckland, I wanted to beat that distance. With that goal in mind, I started off with a slow pace and went down towards Tamaki Drive – the coastal route I ran before. I’ve chosen to run that flat course again, so I wouldn’t overdo the running and push myself to the limit.

During my run, I realised that I automatically speeded up, which felt very comfortable. Even my breathing was light – kind of unusual in my case. I wondered what could have caused this. Somehow, last week I’ve managed to run with more ease and I don’t know why. Ok, I’ve been walking a lot for the last 2 weeks (sometimes even more than 20k on a day), but I didn’t run as often as I usually would. Moreover, the air here in New Zealand is more humid than in Holland, and normally, I wouldn’t perform well under those circumstances. So, I honestly can’t explain why I suddenly would perform better. If someone got a theory, please let me know!

Fast paced 17k

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While I continued to follow the coastline, I decided to turn around at 10k. Along the way I stopped to drink some water at one ofMonday Motivation AnniewhereIgo the free drinking stations. It’s really a benefit, that you can find these drinking stations almost everywhere around Auckland! No need to take a water bottle with you. However, I didn’t take any food with me – unfortunately no free food stations around yet, what a bummer! – so I thought it would be better to stop running at 17k. When I reached that number just before the harbour, I was totally surprised that I managed to run those 17k with so much ease. Was there something wrong with the GPS maybe? I have no idea. I wish to believe that the GPS in my watch is just working fine, and it’s me who’s running faster. Anyhow, yesterday’s run gave me a huge dose of motivation and confidence. At the end of my run, I bought myself a tasty smoothie, just what I needed and well deserved. I definitely could get used to this!

Defining a Goal

I think for now, I will continue with running whenever I feel like; listening to my body, without forcing anything. Hopefully, my uplifting phase will stay then for a bit longer. It gives me such a motivation boost. But at the same time, I would love to get back into a routine. It would be nice to continue with my training scheme by the end of this month. And then there’s a goal – in the sense of a race – I need to define. Of course, I’ve already looked into some races… And of course, there’s one in particular I would love to run, and one particular distance. You could name it the Holy Grail. But I’m still in doubt whether I should go for it or not. I know it’s mean, but I can’t reveal it now, because I haven’t decided yet. It also depends on the progression I’ll hopefully book within the upcoming weeks. And maybe, I’m just too confident at the moment and I will change my intention therefore. I don’t know. In any case, at some point I will have to decide, and when that time comes, I will let you know. Until then, I will keep you posted about my weekly running activities.

I’m curious whether defining a new goal would increase my motivation. Putting myself under pressure could also backfire… What about you – what keeps you motivated? I’d love to hear your experiences!

Love,
Annie

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