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  1. Mike
    Mike September 2, 2014 at 6:02 am |

    Dear Melbourne’s Crappest Runner,

    Might I offer you some advice from the Keepers of the Cog, the Velominati – Rule #10 “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”

    When I ride to work I feel pretty much the same whether I’ve bashed my way down into a howling headwind or I’ve had a sunny day, tailwind and green lights all the way. No matter how fast you go, never give up.

    I know it sounds like some bullshit fitness motivational speak, but I think it holds fairly well for all forms of cardio training. Expect it to be hard and you can only be surprised. You might not feel like you are improving, but you will be.

    Also, you have to let go of comparing your performance against others. Personal fitness is just that, personal. Some do it for a killer beach bod, some do it to stop the dogs inside their head from barking. Sometimes you’re lucky and you find a friend of a similar level of fitness who can push you along a bit. Most of time you’re out there by yourself. If you find yourself worrying about your progress against others you can fall off the program and find it easier to stay on the couch.

    Other tips:

    Instead of setting yourself a distance, set yourself a time to be out exercising. Maybe start with 30 minutes, building it up 5 minutes a week. Then try and do the time without stopping.

    Oh, and if all else fails, try Rule #5.

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  2. sophie
    sophie September 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm |

    From one truly unmotivated runner to another: you are likely to be so entirely bored when you run that you focus only on the pain and horror of rapid movement. Especially if others move more rapidly past you. Listening to podcasts has really helped me – This American Life and Radiolab. Then I feel all learned and creative and endorphinie and wholesome afterwards. X

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  3. Anne Gasko
    Anne Gasko September 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm |

    From someone who can do a two hour dance class but can’t run for 5 minutes straight; find what you love. Be it dancing, kick boxing, running or hiking, there is a ‘fitness’ activity for everyone. And you’re never gonna stick to it unless you’re enjoying it. Why would I force myself to run on and off for 5km when I can burn these kj in a dance class or boxing class and live being there? All power to runners, but it’s not the only or best way to get fit, and it never has been. Find something you’re excited to do and the rest comes naturally

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