For many people, long runs are an important part of hitting their fitness goals. And for good reason! They build endurance and strength, and provide some quality you-time where you can blow off steam and center yourself. But how can you stay motivated to keep going during your long run workout?
We’re glad you asked! Here’s five ways to make a longer run fly by.
Set Small Goals. Thinking of your run in terms of total mileage can be tough if you’re struggling. Instead, set yourself small distance goals as you go: just hit the next mile, and when you’re done think about the next one. Then the next, then the next, and so on until you’re done. Treat each new mile as a fresh start! Turning one big run into a series of bite-sized goals can add a little pep to your step when you need it most.
Pick Your Tunes. Positive, upbeat, and fast-paced music can do wonders for your attitude, and push you to move that much faster. If you have a premium streaming service, you can find playlists that match the beat of your running pace so you stay in sync and on-target. Even if you do not have a streaming service, you can load up a few tunes that lift your spirits and let them carry you through your run.
Hit The Trail. Do you do most of your running on roads and sidewalks? It’s time to try something different! Seek out nature trails you have nearby to break up the monotony. You’ll get great views, changing scenery, varied terrain and the chance to see things you normally miss when you’re in the zone.
Try Interval Running. What’s “Fartlek,” besides a fun word to say? It’s simple – it means breaking up long runs into intervals of fast and slower running. Depending on your skill level, you can change between jogging and sprinting or jogging and walking. Just use landmarks as you go: from here to this lamp post, I will sprint. Then from the lamp post to that blue car, I will jog. Keep it unstructured and listen to your body.
Find A Mantra. Pick a short phrase that motivates you and keeps you exercising. (Can’t think of one? Here’s a good list of running mantras). Repeat that phrase over and over in your head – or out loud – and zero in on it. A mantra can keep you focused and centered, and you can pull strength from it when you need it most.
Have any questions? Come on in to any Fitness Connection gym and ask away. The experts at your local gym are always happy to be your Fitness Connection.