5 Mental Tricks for Tackling Your Long Run

Right now, I'm in the middle of training for a half marathon. My race is just a few weeks away, and while I feel like I am mostly ready for race day, I have to admit, my training hasn't been all rainbows and sunshine.

Sticking to my training plan has actually been somewhat difficult for me. The shorter runs are typically not a problem, but I seriously struggle with the long runs. Physically, they are exhausting, but the mental aspect is what is most challenging for me. The higher mileage is sometimes so overwhelming, I want to quit right in the middle of my run. After running for miles and miles, I often have trouble harnessing the mental motivation needed to get me through the toughest parts.

Instead of bailing on my long run all together, I came up with some mental tricks to help get me through my long runs. Hopefully, they will help you, too!

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Use motivational mantras
Motivational mantras always help pump me up when I struggle during a long run. Sometimes, a little self-talk is all I need to keep trucking along. Here are some of my favorite motivational mantras that help get me through the toughest workouts.

Imagine yourself on race day
When I am really having a tough time with my long run, I think about myself on race day. During a race, I am mentally strong and don't let myself stop and walk, especially with all of those spectators watching me. Instead, I toughen up and push myself though the hardest moments. So, during my long runs, I imagine myself during a race– strong, powerful, and determined– which gets me through my long run!

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