Run together

Now and then I feel that it is hard to find motivation and energy to complete something, it could be anything. This feeling permeates my day-to-day life; it comes to me at work when trying to do something creative, preparing a presentation or taking a decision outside my comfort zone. Naturally this feeling also comes to me when I am out running. So I am wondering, how can we keep up a good work ethic when our motivation is low?

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The first week of training since I decided to run the Stockholm Marathon has gone by. It is truly amazing how one goal could have such an impact on my training routines. The month before I signed up to the race, I had not completed even one single run. But now not even a week goes by without several work outs… And I am feeling great!

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Stockholm Marathon 2017

Most of us have experienced getting into a special state of mind, where we forget about all obligations that we have. We forget about work and day-to-day stress. Maybe you have a big presentation coming up or a family situation that puts weight on your shoulders. Then you seek to these places where you could focus on just being you, find your inner self and relax. I experience this mindfulness when I am out running, especially longer runs, which is why I have decided to run Stockholm Marathon again this year.

Who is with me?!

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Looking out over East River from Manhattan

Sometimes when I’m waiting for my favorite training class Bodycombat to begin, I start staring at people in the gym-section. Thinking to myself about if there is a minimum-level of muscle mass to get a permission to use the machines? Now it sounds like I’m flirting and trying to pick someone up, but that’s not the case! It is just that when I try to use the machines, I feel like a lost puppy. When it comes to training, is it expected that runners also know their way around at the gym?

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post race depression

I love to run, the feeling that grows inside of me when out running is magical. I also like to combine running with my strong competitive mind-set. So over the last couple of years I have participated in a few races. However, after having completed a race I often fall into some kind of post race depression, I can’t even think about running, I just feel blank and unmotivated. I can’t stop wondering, why do I experience this depression when having just completed a big goal within something that I truly enjoy?

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Sometimes we get it and sometimes we don’t, but if we could choose we would like to have it each and every time. But we are not always that lucky, right? I am talking about runner’s high. Have you ever experienced runner’s high? It is the best feeling ever. It feels like you rule the world, accomplish everything and the most important thing – you get so happy!

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