Those Fall races are coming up, and while the days are getting shorter…those long runs are getting longer. For those of us who can go out and run 22 miles without batting an eyelash, gold star! However, there is another camp of runners who have a love-hate relationship with the long run. And for us, we’ve got to have some tricks to get us through! I went over to our Twitter (p.s. are you following us?) to ask our followers what they thought.
- Long runs are tough, no bones about it. The cool thing about Philadelphia is that other runners are bound to be battling the long run at the same time. When another runner smiles at me on the trail, that’s more time I’m not thinking about my run. Also when you smile back, you naturally feel happier!
- Music helps a huge amount of people get through long, tough runs. Have you ever tried podcasts, though? There are so many on any subject you can think of. Philadelphia Runner employees also like to listen to comedians. It’s like running with a friend, but you don’t have to talk back! (But feel free to if it helps log those miles!)
- For those of you training on a treadmill with nobody passing you, try doing a long run outside! The fresh air and the scenery might change things up just enough so that the long run is easier.
- The mental aspects of a run are just as hard as the physical ones. Having a strong mantra to repeat to yourself is something that many runners swear by. It can be a word, it can be a quote,
it can be a swear wordit can be anything! The power of positive thinking is a crazy thing.
- Nutrition is a big help. If you’re running longer than 45 minutes, you may want to think about Nuun for your water, Gu’s, or Sport Beans. We could have an entirely separate post on nutrition (look out for it soon!), but come on into the store and we can fill your brain with information about refueling on the run!
- Try running with a friend. Running with somebody else can be a whole challenge in itself, but it’s definitely something to try. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to (or do all of the talking) when those miles get tough. Do all of your friends think you’re crazy for running? Our store has free group runs. Show up and make a friend/training partner!
Long runs seem to be unavoidable if you want to have a solid training for a longer-distance race. In order to get through them, we have to stick together!
Do any of you readers have any tips to share with us?