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How to make long runs go by faster

11 August, 2013 0 comments

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How to make long runs go by faster

Long runs can be amazing – discovering new places, having the time to fully rest your mind, experiencing runners’ high…  But, the honest fact is that sometimes they can bore you so bad you never want to embark on one again.

If you swear by the benefits of long runs, or if you’re planning to run a long race like a marathon one of these days, you’re bound to have them in your training schedule. What to do if your runs start to feel boring? Here are a number of helpful tips to make long runs go by faster – so you keep up your motivation to be stronger and go further!

  1. Change up your route – If you’re always running in the same place, it is easy to get bored after a while. Instead, choose to go along different streets to get to know your home town better, head to the nature, or choose terrain that is new to you. Let there always be something new to discover!
     
  2. Choose a different time for running – Both the city and nature change quite a lot throughout the day. If you’ve never tried it, go for a run early in the morning or late at night to experience different kinds of surroundings. If you’re sure it’s safe, you might even try running at night with a headlamp!
     
  3. Add variations to your running workouts – Running at a steady space can sometimes become too much of a routine. Therefore you can add different paces to your runs. For example, you might run some intervals at different times during your workout, or progressively increase speed during the final miles. Make things exciting and fun!
     
  4. Concentrate on technique – Long runs are a great time to focus on running technique. For example, you can take the time to concentrate on different parts of your running form throughout the run, or improve your breathing technique.
     
  5. Get a running buddy – To make your runs more entertaining, team up with a running buddy. This way you will have someone to talk to throughout the run – non-stop if you want! You will also keep each other motivated to push through the workout.
     
  6. Distract yourself – Sometimes the best strategy is to distract yourself from looking at your watch every once in a while. To do so, you can concentrate on your surroundings (like focusing on the architecture around you), or you may make up games to pass the time. For example, guess how many steps it takes to reach a landmark and count them as you go.
     
  7. Use the time for engaging thoughts – Long runs are a great time to do brainstorming. So, whether you’re a businessman or an artist, there is probably a project that needs creative thinking that you can focus on. Or, you can use this time to start thinking about those holiday travel plans!
     
  8. Practice meditation while running – Although the repetitive motion of running may seem boring, it is also a way to get your mind into a meditative state. So, if you’re running in a place without traffic, and you’re interested in practicing meditation, you might want to read about meditating while you exercise.
     
  9. Divide the run into achievable chunks – If your goal mileage seems like it’s too much to handle, you may want to think of your long run in more achievable chunks. For example, concentrate on 20 minutes a time (or arriving at certain spots), then praise yourself for the effort.
     
  10. Remind yourself of your goals – Why have you planned to go running? Whether it is a health goal or a specific race you are training for, reminding yourself of the larger picture can bring motivation, and make the run go by faster.
     
  11. Listen to motivational music – Listening to music that you enjoy can make time fly by, so you may want to take your mp3 player with you or buy one. It is also a good idea to change up the music regularly to avoid getting bored of the same old! Maybe you should ask your friends to recommend some interesting music for you?
     
  12. Get yourself some audiobooks – Time can go by faster if you’re listening to a story. Get audiobooks that you know you’ll enjoy and make a habit of listening to them while on your runs. This way you’ll not only be entertained, but you’ll also be looking forward to your workout to continue the story!
     
  13. Reward yourself after the run – Making up a reward for yourself for after the run and then reminding yourself of this throughout the workout can be motivating. Whether it is a good meal or a film you’re going to watch, a goal will keep your mood up.

So, what do you think – will you use these tips during your next long run? Do you have any others you use? Share them in the comments!

 

 

 




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