Sometimes it’s the mental fatigue that breaks us down more quickly than the physical challenge of running. Try these tips to break through your next mental block on your long run!
~Take a drink. Bring an electrolyte drink with you on longer runs because the hydration and energy will give you the boost when you need it.
~Play games with your eyes. Squint. Change your focus. Look further ahead of you.
~Occupy your mind. Count your breaths. Count your steps. What is your per-minute stride rate? How long does it take to run 1,000 steps?
~Use positive self-talk. Are you doing the best you can? Are you going to feel great today when your workout is done? How far have you come in training?
~Break down your workout into small bits and pieces. Can you take each mile one at a time? Can you break a 10k into two 5Ks in your mind? Can you make it to the next stop sign? Set tiny goals and celebrate each accomplishment.
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