Los Angeles, CA – 10/07/2013—
Avid runners don’t just train for speed; they often train fordistance. For half-marathons and fullmarathons, the training often involves short runs one day and longer runsupwards of 10-15 miles on others. Notonly is this physically exhausting, but many runners mention struggling withfocusing on the finish line during their long runs. There are some tricks and tips runners canuse during training for those long runs that will make the exercise physicallyand mentally satisfying at the end.
Several running blogs suggest breaking up the longer distances intosegments to make them feel more manageable. Thinking of a 20 mile run in terms of four 5-mile runs makes thedistance seem much more attainable, and provides encouragement along the way byallowing the runner to congratulate themselves on completing each segment.
Thanks to the invention of iPods and other portable music devices, manyrunners use a musical playlist as motivation to keep going. Others suggest developing a repetitive mantrato motivate the mind during the harder parts of the run, or making parts of therun into a game. Identify the number ofpeople wearing different types of sneakers, or in colder weather, count the numberof hats and scarves seen on people out and about.
Another powerful motivator is socialization. Find a running partner who’s doing a similarrace or the same one and train together. If finding a partner is tough, make plans after the run to socializewith friends as a reward for your efforts. Race sponsors may also beable to direct runners to training groups, or there may be runninggroups around the area in search of new members.
Finally, remember that training for any long distance run isn’t an easytask. If it were, races would be run byeveryone. Runners should remindthemselves they’re taking on a challenge, one that will help shape not onlytheir running personality, but have an impact on their personal pride and senseof accomplishment when finishing.
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