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Break it up
Ten miles is ten miles is ten miles. But “ten miles” sounds a lot more daunting than “four miles + four miles + two miles” or “four miles + three miles + three miles.” The simple act of chopping a longer distance into smaller chunks can make the overall task seem much more manageable. At least in my head. Which is where it matters.
Set up camp
When I am out for a longer run, especially if I am stuck in my neighborhood due to time constraints or until the sun comes up, I’ll usually stash my gear on the front porch. This way, I can lay out a few miles completely unencumbered, and then load up with my visor, sunglasses and any liquid or fuel I may need.
Change the scenery
Nothing gets me more motivated than scoping out a new route, especially on a long run. New sights and sounds give me something different on which to focus, and I can forget about the miles ahead.
If you’re lucky, you can even reward yourself with a nice view when it’s all over.
Recruit a friend
Even though there are many times that schedules and training plans don’t match up, so many runners are more than happy to get out there to support a friend. If you’re running 12 and someone can join you for five, it makes a world of difference.
Use a race
If I have to log the miles anyway, it’s nice to do so in the company of a few hundred (or thousand) of adrenaline-fueled fellow runners. I’ve been known to register for a race, get to the venue super early to log my miles before the start gun, and then happily make use of the great course support to motivate me through the last miles. Scoring a sweet medal helps, too.
What are your favorite hacks to get through long runs?
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