Sometimes it’s the mental fatigue that breaks us down more quickly than the physical challenge of running. Try these tips to break through your next mental block:
~Take a drink. Bring an electrolyte drink with you on longer runs because the hydration and energy will give you the boost when you need it.
~Break down your workout into small bits and pieces. Can you last just 5 more minutes? Can you make it to the next stop sign? Set tiny goals and celebrate each accomplishment.
~Use positive self-talk. Are you doing the best you can? Are you in better shape than you were 2 months ago? Are you going to feel great today when your workout is done?
~Play games with your eyes. Squint. Change your focus. Look further ahead of you. How far ahead can you see?
~Occupy your mind. Count your breaths. Count your steps. What is your per-minute stride rate? How long does it take to run 1,000 steps?
~Clear your mind. Practice running “in the moment.” What does this feel like?
~Imagine. Imagine yourself running effortlessly. Imagine yourself running in a desired athletic event or on a favorite course or in an exotic destination. Pass imaginary competitors. Imagine yourself running with a purpose. Imagine your goal.
What are your favorite tricks for getting through those tough spots on your runs?