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I just lost a big dose of motivation what should I do (details)

Asked by LDRSHIP (1103 points ) September 24th, 2013

Apologize for long read, but I hope it paints a picture of where I am at for you. Thanks if you do read it.

Last week our unit took the PT test. Our section had been exercising and training pretty hard for it. I even did some extra running on my own and even twice a day sometimes with the section.

I’ve never had any big issues maxing push ups and sit ups. Push ups I usually max before 2 minutes and sit ups I have got the rhythm down where I max pretty much every time. But the 2 mile run has been elusive beast for me. I have improved my time since enlisting overall, but seem to be stuck at 14:00–14:30 2 mile time.

Though at this point it seems I should be beyond this by now. Specially compared to how other aspects/exercises have improved. Like I should be able to do better everything seems it has. Been stuck here almost a year now if I am remembering correctly.

I guess my thing is especially this time, past months I ran fast and hard for what I can do. Every time we had sprints I put all my effort in. 30 – 60s I’d keep going. I’d chase the fast guys even I knew it’d hurt. I even went up to Alpha group for AGRs. Only to not max my run. Again.

Even changed my running form to prevent shin splits as I found heel striking seemed to be causing it.(Quite a bit of experimenting on my end) Which was a hassle to a degree, but well worth it…Calves really feel it at first to mid/fore foot strike.

Anyways all that said. It feels so defeating to put what I feel like a lot of effort into something only to see hardly any improvement. If none at all when looking at times. ( I do seem to be better at longer distances) Frustrating, annoying and frankly I am losing motivation. Hardly had any desire today at PT to push myself. We did some sprints and runs. I was like why bother? Why push it? Clearly not doing shit for me. I do know that kind of attitude is not good to have and yet it is how I feel.

I don’t know at this point what to do. Suggestions?

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talljasperman's avatar

Go at your own pace and save the cartilage in your knees. I learned how to run fast by being chased by bullies so I had a good reason to push myself… my life.

LDRSHIP's avatar

@LDRSHIP Running slower hurts more for me I’ve found. Some of the paces in big group runs we do I think you could power walk I find it almost painful.

johnpowell's avatar

There is a limit to your speed. There isn’t a limit to distance. I would rather be able to run the same speed for the lenght of a marathon.

Work on endurance. As long as you won’t be sent home for your scores I wouldn’t worry much.

And watch Forrest Gump. His endurance got him to meet the President.

Pooh54's avatar

Sometimes the motivation is just wanting to better yourself. I would give anything to be able to run a marathon. Maybe someday when my health permits I will. Anyway, do for yourself. Just try to better yourself a little every day. Don’t depend on ‘beating’ others to motivate you. it won’t work. Do it for you. good luck.

DWW25921's avatar

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break once in a while. Maybe that’s all you need? Also, I find setting realistic goals and keeping them helps a lot. I’m sure you’ll be just fine.

ETpro's avatar

@LDRSHIP Great question. We can all learn for the good answers.

It’s like VInce Lombardi said, “It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.” In running, there are commonly plateaus. Your time will stay stuck for what seems forever, then suddenly jump ahead. Keep putting in the effort. Hang in there. That’s what life gives the real, meaningful points for. Every time you’re tempted to quit, think about how you’ll feel if you know you’re a quitter.

My son had flat feet and running was the toughest challenge he faced in PT. He just made Captain in the army.

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