Q: I was wondering if you could help me. I love running I want to get out and do it more but, I have no motivation, the dedication is there. I can't seem to get myself out and go. I really want to improve at it too. My coach also has no faith in me so im in the back of the line-ups which is kinda of a downer. I was wondering if you could give me any advice or tips? N., 3/27/04

A: Ah yes...motivation... As you get older, you will not need nearly as much to realize the few chances you really have in life to show yourself what you can do. HOW you approach anything says a lot about who you are. Unless you give a rip about you, who really cares? Only you know when you truly pushed yourself or gave only a marginal effort. How do you think the elites in any sport feel like when they step out onto their stage and are expected to perform...every time out. You think they go through some points of low motivation? You think Bruce Hornsby REALLY wanted to play keyboards for Sheena Easton? How many times you think he had to choke down "My Baby Takes The Mornin' Train" before he got to play his own stuff?

That's probably the greatest thing about running. It doesn't come easy for anybody. When you're out there all by yourself, just because nobody can see you are you going to start walking....or are you going to push through it? Your call. Keep your hands on the keyboards, baby. How many encores can those screaming teenboppers possiblly ask for anyway, right? Nobody can make these calls for you or Hornsby. But now, he's still playing and Easton isn't.

The question is, how bad do you want it? In my mind, dedication and motivation are one and the same. What do you want people to see you as? Most importantly, how do you want to see yourself. Get out there and stay on it....

Good Luck. The Rage

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