The Long Run
Thursday’s Workout: 8.1 mile treadmill run
Yesterday’s Workout: 2.25 mile run/2 mile stroller walk
I both loathe and love the long run. It’s definitely a necessary evil during a marathon training cycle. For some reason, I always dread the long run and seem to psyche myself out before I even hit the pavement. On the other hand, as soon as I finish my long run, I feel more accomplished and satisfied than after any other workout. Over 8 marathon training cycles, I’ve found some tricks to get me through my long runs.
1. I’ve done many long runs on the treadmill including a 20 miler during a rather nasty winter. What got me through 20 miles on the treadmill? I timed my long run around movies I wanted to watch on TV. Having something to entertain my mind for 3+ hours helped pass the time and miles.
2. I’ve used races as my long run. Back in 2010 while training for the NYC Marathon, a friend and I used the Asbury Park Relay Marathon as our 20 mile training run. Being in the race atmosphere helped with our motivation and it was a definite plus to be timed and have on course support.
3. I run with a friend. Nothing makes the miles tick by faster than good conversation, laughs and another person to motivate you.
4. A reward – Sometimes I have to talk myself into a double-digit long run but if I have a little reward for myself at the end, it’s all the motivation I need to finish. It can be a bagel and DD iced coffee or a night out with friends but knowing that I have a little treat at the end of the long run makes me want to pound out those miles.
My long runs haven’t yet hit the double-digits but those 8 miles I ran on Thursday were long for me. I think I have a new motivation this year for my long run – get home in time to relieve the husband or grandparent.
How do you stay motivated through your long runs?July 7, 2012
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