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 November 7, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Unmotivated to Run? Read This.
6 "head games" to play to help you get on the trails again

“People make a big mistake when they say, ‘I need to be motivated.’ You motivate yourself. I might inspire somebody, but that person has to be motivated within themselves first. Look inside yourself, believe in yourself, put in the hard work, and your dreams will unfold.” –Billy Mills, 10,000-meter Olympic gold medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Games

In his book RUN SIMPLE: A Minimalist Approach to Fitness and Well Being, Duncan Larkin offers runners tips for simplifying—ditching fancy gear and gadgets in order to reap the “maximum physical and mental benefits of running,” along with eliminating boredom and preventing burnout. In these excerpts from chapter 8, "Head Games," Larkin explains how to deal with six negative sentiments that often plague runners. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
12/01 Make Room For Santa 5K, 10K And Kids Run 5K, 10K; Irvine, CA
12/01 OTHTC High Desert Ultra 30K, 50K; Ridgecrest, CA
12/01 Xterra Kualoa Trail Run 5K, 10K; Kualoa Ranch, HI
12/07 Death Valley Trail Marathon 26.2M, 13.1M; Death Valley, CA
12/07 Holiday Hustle 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; San Jose, CA
12/07 Malibu Canyon 10K, 25K, 50K; Calabasas, CA
12/07 McDowell Mountain Frenzy Trail Runs 5M, 10M, 25K, 50K, 50M; Fountain Hills, AZ
12/07 Shellburg Falls Trail Run 6.8M; Lyons, OR
12/07 Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Jose, CA
12/07 The North Face® Endurance Challenge - Championship 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; San Francisco, CA
12/08 Grinch Half Marathon Trail Race 5K, 13.1M; Gig Harbor, WA
12/08 XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run 6K, 15K; Laguna Hills, CA
12/14 Deception Pass 25K, 50K; Oak Harbor, WA
12/14 Hark the Herald Angels Run 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
12/14 Summit Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
12/14 THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Trail Run 4M, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Woodside, CA
12/28 Brazen New Year's Day Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
12/31 New Year's One Day 6H, 12H, 24H; San Francisco, CA

Heartland   
12/07 Bigfoot 50K 50K; Cambridge, OH
12/08 Santa Hustle 5K 5K; Milwaukee, WI
12/14 Alternate Chili Run 10M; Kansas City, KS
12/21 Rock Cut Survivor Series 5K 5K; Rockford, IL
12/28 Jingle Bell 5k 5K; Chesterton, IN
12/28 The HUFF 50K Trail Run 10.5M, 50K, 50R; Albion, IN

Northeast   
12/15 Funky Santa 5K; Pottstown, PA
12/21 Seashore Nature Trail 50K; Virginia Beach, VA

South   
12/01 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series Race 6 5M, 10M; Clifton, VA
12/01 Pine Mountain 40 40M; Pine Mountain, GA
12/07 Cajun Coyote Trail Run & Relay 20M, 100K, 100M; Ville Platte, LA
12/07 Texas Trails Endurance Runs 20K, 50K, 50M; Huntsville , TX
12/07 XTERRA Georgia Victoria Bryant State Park 5K, 10K; Royston, GA
12/07 XTERRA Rocky Top Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Kingsport, TN
12/14 El Sendaro  Burnet, TX
12/14 Forge Trail Series -Thunderbird 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Last Chance  50K, R; Cordesville, SC
12/14 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Copper Lake 5K; Copper Lake, TX
12/14 Trail Mix Wrangler Run 3H; Burnet, TX
12/14 Warrior Creek Half Marathon 13.1M; Wilkesboro, NC
12/21 Lookout Mountain 10K, 50M; Chattanooga, TN

International   
12/01 Trail de Las Cascadas 5K, 10K; Xico, Veracruz, Mexico
12/07 MSIG HK50 - Lantau 14K, 27K; Hong Kong, Hong Kong
12/14 Stewart Mountain 10 Mile / 5 Mile Cross Country Challenge 10M; Victoria, BC
12/15 Pure Satisfaction 12.5K, 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC
12/21 Nilgiris 100 - UTMB Qualifier 25K, 50K, 100K; Ooty, India

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