There comes a time in every running enthusiast’s life when you start dreading long runs. There are various factors that could be causing this, but the sense of accomplishment you have after a long run is always satisfying and is enough to keep most motivated. But what if that doesn’t do it for you? We share a few tips to help make your runs that much easier and exciting.
Listening to music as you run can prevent the brain from becoming overwhelmed by the anxiety of the distance you have to cover. This can also distract you from tired legs. Always make sure that you play high-tempo music to keep your mind alert and focused and prevent relaxing too much, which might result in you just taking a stroll instead of the run you originally set out to have.
Having a running partner keeps you accountable and is a great way to build friendship. It is more fun and safer as two pairs of eyes are better than just one. Even though joining a large running group can be somewhat intimidating for beginners, you may want to get more than one person to team up with. This will come in particularly beneficial when your partner is injured or is unable to come along for the run. This way you always have someone to run with and don’t have to skip runs because you are alone.
Run in circles
Breaking a long run into a few smaller circles or loops makes the seemingly daunting distance look more manageable and less intimidating. Be careful not to do this repeatedly with no change of scenery, as this becomes boring and could slowly eat away at your motivation. Consider changing the direction you run on each loop, it is a minor change, but could make all the difference.
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