It’s a hot summer morning, you wake up knowing you have a long run on the schedule. After getting dressed and fueling accordingly you jog to Central Park to begin your run. All is well and good as you notice your legs feel tight and a little tired from all the training. You begin to think you’re crazy for having signed up for this race and start immediately debating on turning your ten mile run into a two miler.
You plod on, telling yourself you’ll feel better when it’s over yet the nagging voice in your head won’t subside. Three miles in you realize your fail-proof mantra isn’t fail-proof after all. What’s a frustrated runner to do in times like these?
STOP thinking about the run and START thinking about something else. When the voices in your head refuse to shut-up, the best thing to do is distract your brain with other things. Focusing on the run and what lies ahead doesn’t always serve you.
When the going gets tough here are some things to think about on your run:
- Plan a dinner party. Think about who would be on the invite list, what dishes you would make and what wine would go best with the meal. Plan the food shopping. Even plan what you would wear that night.
- Plan your future. The best ideas don’t always come in the shower they come when you’re alone with your thoughts. Thinking about a new career path? This is a great time to think about the pros and cons and figuring out what it will take to get you where you want to go.
- Focus on non-fitness related goals. Make a plan similar to a training plan on how you will achieve each goal.
- Write it out. Write that blog or journal post about your deepest feelings on a burning subject while on the run. Follow your thoughts down every path and you may find the perfect words to express what you’ve been needing to say.
There’s something amazing about freeing your mind from the torture of the action and letting it go that will most likely allow your legs to fall into stride without so much struggle.