Hello divas! I hope the you have had a wonderful week and have some fun plans for the weekend ahead. I plan on sticking close to home for once and try to get caught up after my weekend in Savannah. Oh and I have a long run in the plans as my first half marathon of the season is just a few weeks away. I have a love/hate relationship with the long run. I know it’s necessary if I am going to run anything longer than a 5K and especially if I want to continue to run half marathons. But sometimes it is such a drag to get out on the road for 2-3 hours and just run. Though I will say that I always feel better after finishing the run 🙂 So if the dreaded long run is essential for your training for distance races, what can you do to make it fun and to finish what you start? Today I am sharing my 8 secrets to survive a long run.
- Plan ahead. The first thing you need to do is plan for your long run. This means plan your route, put the run in your schedule, check the weather and plan for fueling your fun. You will want to make sure that you don’t go out with friends the night before and eat, drink and be merry. This will make for a not so good running stomach the following day.
- Find pretty scenery. I find that it is much easier to go out and run 10 miles if I am surrounded by some pretty scenery. I love running the Tennessee Riverwalk here in Chattanooga as it offers views of the mountains and the river itself for miles. You have a much better chance of completing your long run if you are running a route you enjoy.
- Play some fun tunes. I have three different playlists on my iPhone – short run (anything under an hour), medium run (anything under 2 hours 15 minutes) and long run (everything else). This allows me to pick my favorite songs to run any distance. These are the songs that make me smile, give me a boost and that I can sing along too. It takes my mind off the miles
- Look fabulous and stay motivated. When I am doing a long run, I always try to wear some of my favorite running clothes. They make me feel pretty even when I am sweating like a pig and look even worse. I also love wearing my Momentum Jewelry wraps and shoe charms to match my outfit. These help me to stay motivated when I just want to quit.
- Run for mileage not time. When I am running longer distances, I try to focus on how far I am running and not how long. I find that when I focus on time, it makes the run seem longer than it really is and I find myself checking my Garmin constantly instead of enjoying the run.
- Run with a buddy. The miles and time also go faster when you run with a buddy, even if it is just for a few miles. My husband is training for a marathon and is almost a foot taller than me so he runs much faster than I do. However, he will run the first part of his long runs with me to work on his beginning of the race pacing and to motivate me to go the miles I need to.
- Bring your favorite fuel. Don’t forget to bring your favorite yummy gels and drinks with you. I always have my Beachbody Performance Hydrate electrolyte drink and Huma Gels to keep me fueled as I run. A long run is also a good time to try different types of fuel before you actually race. If I am trying out something new, I will bring it along with some of my typical fuel just in case the new stuff doesn’t work.
- Treat yourself afterwards. After the accomplishment of a long run, I like to treat myself. This is a yummy sweet treat but it also helps in the recovery process.
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