3 Tips to help you through your long runs!

September 29, 2022

Nick Hancock

Embrace the Power of Long Runs: Unlocking Endurance and Mental Toughness

Long runs hold a special place in the hearts of many runners, myself included. They offer unparalleled benefits, from building a strong aerobic foundation to enhancing endurance and mental resilience. As we enter the critical phase of London marathon training, I'm here to share some invaluable tips to help you conquer those final miles of your long runs before the taper kicks in. So, let's dive in and discover how you can make the most of your long runs!

Tip 1: Embrace the Easy Pace

Unless you're following a specific paced session, forget about the numbers on your watch. Instead, focus on relaxing and running at an easy, comfortable pace. Let go of the pressure to perform and allow your body to settle into a rhythm. This will not only prevent burnout but also help you build endurance over time. So, trust in the process and embrace the joy of running easy.

Tip 2: Banish the Mile Countdown

It's easy to get caught up in the mental game of counting down the miles during a long run. However, constantly reminding yourself of how many miles are left only prolongs the agony and makes the journey seem never-ending. Shift your focus from the countdown and redirect your attention to the beautiful surroundings. Immerse yourself in nature's wonders or engage in mindful self-reflection. By shifting your perspective, you'll find renewed energy and enthusiasm to tackle the distance ahead. You can also look at our tips for running a marathon by clicking the link.

Tip 3: Smile for Success

Believe it or not, a smile can be a powerful tool during challenging moments in your long runs. Scientific studies have shown that smiling can have a positive impact on our mindset and endurance. Just ask Eliud Kipchoge, the legendary marathoner who considers smiling a key tactic in his success. So, the next time you find yourself struggling, put on a smile and witness the transformation it brings. It's a simple yet effective technique that can uplift your spirits and carry you through the toughest stretches.

If ultramarathons are you thing or you a thinking about getting into ultramarathons don't forget to read our blog about interval training for ultra marathons and the benefits of interval training.

I could go on all day with more, but what are your big tips for long runs?

Let me know in the comments πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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As I wrap up, I've shared a few of my top tips for conquering long runs, but now I'm eager to hear from you. What are your go-to strategies for thriving during those lengthy outings? Share your insights in the comments below and let's support each other on this incredible journey of long-distance running.

Remember, each long run is an opportunity to strengthen your mind and body, to surpass your limits, and to unlock your true potential as a runner. Embrace the challenges, savour the journey, and celebrate every milestone along the way. Together, we can conquer the distance and achieve greatness in long-distance running. Lace up your shoes, hit the roads, and let your long runs become the stepping stones to your running success!

If you are looking to do a marathon then check out this marathon training plan on our blog


Now go run hard! And remember, if you ever want to talk about the potential you can reach by taking on the services of a running coach then do get in touch by hitting that enquiry button

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