Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: how do you stay mentally motivated during a long run? You can write about any running related topic. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
The long run. I actually feel a little weird writing about this topic since my last double digit run was in the Fall. I’m currently enjoying a nice hiatus from long runs, but I still remember what motivated me to get through all my long runs, especially during marathon training.
What is your why?
First and foremost, you have to know why you’re doing the long runs – what’s the ultimate goal and how do you want to get there? This is the #1 thing I always come back to when I’m mentally struggling during a long run.
This is the most obvious motivation for me. I don’t know about you, but the image of pancakes or a huge protein packed smoothie, got me through numerous long runs, especially in the summer. It’s almost like I considered brunch to be my medal at the finish line, lol.
Ice, Ice Baby
After most long runs, I enjoy either an ice bath or I will soak my feet in ice cold water. Granted, it’s not the most pleasant experience BUT it always helps my achy muscles, especially my feet. I usually think about this halfway through my run or when my legs and feet start to get a little sore.
Tell me: How do you stay motivated during a long run?
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