I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.
Firstly - as far as the marathon goes if you've put in the training so far until you were poorly then the hard stuff is done and trying to cram in more miles now will not help.
Getting motivated again is more difficult but the only thing you can do to overcome it is to get your shoes on and just do it, the very fact that you did it will bring it's own motivation rewards. Set yourself a goal of going for a little walk/run within the next couple of days - sometimes it's best to do it first thing in the morning if it's possible as theres less time to find reasons not to go. Prepare your kit the night before so its ready for you and just go for a walk, don't worry about showering or eating or what you look like, just get dressed and go. If you feel like it start running. It dosen't matter if you walk it all, run it all or mix it up - just being outside moving briskly will help. Don't set yourself any other time or distance goals either as that will just pile the pressure on, choose a short local route that you know you can do easily and if you feel good an want to then go a little further.
Another good tip is to keep a running log/diary, that way when you're feeling down and think you can't do it a quick look at the log will show you how far you've come and what you've achieved. Good luck x
It's very easy to let a big race get the better of you, especially when you've been working towards it for months. The very fact of taking it seriously gives it a sort of looming significance that grows and reaches a peak just about now in the case of your race.
Remember why you started running, and how far you've come. Try to see clearly, and picture how you will feel after the race with your medal round your neck, or showing it to your family. Take it easy if your training's been disrupted; save your effort for the end so you can take it in and not be dead on your feet. Be proud of the money you've raised and what it's going to be used for, remember all the runs you've done, dig deep and do your best on the day.
I think you deserve this, don't let anything rob you of it.
she_of_little_brain wrote (see)
I've been too poorly to run for a few weeks, now I'm really struggling to get out running again. I've lost my confidence. The marathon is a week away but it's oppressing rather than motivating me. I can't even see myself running in my minds eye any more. I don't know what to do .... any ideas?
Ok, if you've done the training you can do the marathon physically.
The head stuff, break next week down to the worst case scenario to make it less of a mental mountain.
Q: What's the worst thing that can happen? A: You cant face it and don't turn up to the start.
Will the people that matter in your life still love you for who you are in this situation? Yes, absolutely, it's JUST a run.
Will you feel a failure and a bit shit? Yes, but you will get over that and target another marathon, you can do it, if you couldn't you would never have started this journey.
Taking the sting out of that, you will probably overcome the urge to not leave the house, and you will get to the start line.
2 ways I can think to go about it this week, is to either block it out of your thoughts, simply refuse to think about it, head in the sand stuff
Mentally visualise yourself in the marathon, excited on the starting line, running steadily just enjoying being there, after the first 6/7/8 miles the fear lessens and you really do believe again that you can do it, you are actually doing it! And then crossing the finish line.. Elation!
Either way, run or no run, the world will keep turning....
Can't pretend to be an expert on this topic (or much else really) SOLB, but just want to say that it's pretty usual to feel daunted as a big race looms. I'm a bit of a joke with the people I run with for my'...don't want to do it now...' cold feet the week before anything really, let alone a full mararthon.
If you've done the training you deserve to do the run - in my experience it'll be loads better than you dread it'll be.
Howdy little brain I'm sure that's not true, you need a more positive and shorter name
There is a long running thread on here for support, chat, tears .. you name it, it's there for it. affectionately known as the blue room. it's been a source of amazing help and support for many people on here, me for one. take a look an pop in to say hello.
Hope the run goes well solb.
just read yr link - you write well.
Yes do not forget to look out for your physical needs:
Being pampered rotten, that sort of thing.
I think that in these times of financial constraint the health service is unlikely to support pampering someone rotten as economically sound expenditure.
Still you could always try
Can I give you a virtual hug & say "Ditto" to what everyone else has said, SOLB?
Pre-Race wobbles are horrible, I hope you managed to get out for a run today & came back feeling more positive. Bar of choc, soak in the bath & a smug grin?
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