Guys it’s MARATHON week! I’m really trying to stay calm and not completely freak out, so this week I am focusing on great nutrition, rest, hydration, and mental focus and clarity. Yes! So much of marathon training is MENTAL.
Today, I decided I would send some good vibes my way (and to anyone else running a long distance in the near future) by focusing on all the amazing ways to get through a long run.
How I Get Through a Long Run
Listen to music that really gets me going | This may seem like a no brainer, but for me that means listening to stuff like Broadway (remember I studied music in school?), a cappella (like this!), or even cover versions of songs that I really like (like this version of Someone Like You by Charlie Puth and Emily Luther)
Listen to podcasts | A “long” run can mean a lot of things for many people, but during marathon training I had some runs that were 3+ hours…I needed to keep my mind busy and podcasts really helped! I loved listening to the Nourish Podcast, Balanced Bites, Ancestral RDs, and Chalene Johnson.
Doing the walk/run thing | early on in my marathon training, I committed myself to running for 4 minutes then briskly walking for 1 minute. I did this during a half marathon and was still able to finish with a time under 2 hours. Constantly looking at the clock may sound counterintuitive when trying to pass time, but having something to look forward to every 4 minutes really makes the time fly.
Mentally breaking up the run into smaller chunks | When I set out for my 20 miler, I broke it up into four 5 mile chunks. Each time I reached a milestone, I thought to myself “ok! only 5 more miles until I’m halfway!” or something like “5 more miles until I get to turn around!” it totally helped to pass the time.
I decided I was going to finish the distance before I even put my shoes on | This one is a little confusing to type out! What I’m trying to say is that I decided and committed to myself that I was going to finish the long distance days prior to actually tackling the run. I told myself that I could go slow, I could take extra breaks, I could do whatever I needed to do, as long as I completed the distance. Having this kind of forgiveness and understanding for my body really helped me feel like I could tackle the distance (20 miles!) without an issue because I had no time constraints or anything. My only goal…get it done.
So there ya have it, friends! My favorite tips for tackling that intimidating distance.
Let’s hear it!
What are some of your tips for getting through a long run or hard workout?
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