It's not about potty training, it's about training for athletic events (pause while half the readers leave!).
Did you ever train for an event and for some reason the motivation just isn't there? I was hoping to hear how other athletes work their way through it. It's not normally a problem for me.
I've been a runner for thirty six years and I hardly ever miss a day. (the last day I missed was about a year and two months ago). I usually run about six miles a day and once a week I do about eight or nine, just to keep the cardiovascular and endurance up. I like to run a half marathon in the spring and one in the fall so I just gradually extend the long run leading up to those events, and throw in a few semi- longer runs throughout the week as well.
There's no real problem, but the Canada Army Run is coming up in September, and for the first time I can recall, I'm just not motivated to do the longer runs. I did a ten-miler two weeks ago, but I was back down to eight miles last week. I must admit, I often tend to over train and do more mileage than I really need to be doing, because this gives me more confidence on the day of the race. There's still close to two months until the race and I'm confident I'll turn it around. I don't abandon my goals. I'm just not enjoying it or working as hard as I usually do for it.
I had a fantastic race at the end of May, and the training season leading up to it was awesome, so I'm not sure why I've got the blahs now. Maybe it's just the allergy season or the fact that it's been hot as hell, but I really don't like making excuses for myself.
So that's the story. What I'd like to hear from other people is simple: How do you motivate yourself when you can't seem to get motivated?