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Set some goals. It's hard to get back into the swing of things without something concrete to work for. Sit down and plan out some goals that you would like to achieve, that all build into each other. As Sean points out, it does come back quickly. At 5 weeks, you are not completely detrained yet. Common lore is that depending on your own personal ...


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Run for fun: Do not push yourself to reach a certain distance, speed, time or any other criteria for success. Just do what you like to do today, make a random choice each time you reach an intersection, jump over smaller fences, run backwards and so on. Change style: Try trail-running or something different from usual. Buy some fancy sportswear, which makes ...


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Start small. Drop your weight to where you can finish your sets. Walk if you need to instead of running. Then start ramping it back up. The really good news is that it comes back quickly.


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Some things that have worked for me: Caffeine Caffeine just seems to make things easier, be it coffee or a pre workout drink. Motivational Videos Watching a motivational video while getting ready for a workout can fire you up. Example


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New places, music or podcasts. I need to occupy my mind, and that means listening to something or looking at something new. Sometimes I'll drive to a city or state park for my workout, or run in a new part of the city I'm not familiar with. Even areas you think you know are very different on foot than seem from the driver's seat. You'll realize how much ...


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Along with Gyrfalcon's suggestions, I'd also recommend an app like "Zombies, Run!" which gives you a narrative while running. I've got a mixed opinion on the "zombie chase" bits, which I feel do not properly handle courses with hills or other obstacles that prevent you from raising your speed for a prolonged sprint, but the actual storyline is kind of fun to ...


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You might want to watch this video from Elliot at Strength Camp, entitled "Motivation is Bullshit". Honestly, you're not going to be motivated every day that you need to work out (or do anything else). What you really need is the discipline to stick with your program when you feel like crap, have skipped a week, feel fat, feel weak, etc. If I could ...


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NONSENSE If you built up your fitness for years, there is no way that you are back to scratch after a 5 week 'vacation'. In the worst case your body has become slightly weaker or heavier, but objectively it will not be a lot, and it will certainly not mean that you have to start from scratch again. If you really think you 'lost everything' just push ...


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Look for a friend who will join you in your efforts. I've found that going to the gym together is more fun than going alone, and more motivating. Even if you can't workout together, you can hold each other accountable by checking in to see how you're doing with your goals. Most of all, this has helped me because a good friend understands and will support ...


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Running with other people can be fun alot of fun, like sharing here on StackExchange. Otherwise destination running can be fun too. For me I used the Pikes Peak Marathon as a source of inspiration. Now I have Grindstone 100, Keys 100, Hardrock 100 and Nolans 14 as similar destination type sources of motivation. I use Strava and Endomondo and seeing others ...



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