Saturday 23K LSSD Run (Long Slow and Solo Distance). Virtual run with the @WeRunNorthYork crew this weekend. This was also part of a challenge @wooitsmelody offered me this week in which I need to complete at least 20kms, in a single run or cumulatively. I chose to do it all in one go, so I did 23km. 😊
Long, slow and solo runs are no easy feat, but I discover a mind hack to break my long runs into smaller chunks or sets of miles. Once I've decide upon my chunks, I then decide what I'm going to do with them. When the mile marker that I've decided upon approaches, I change something for the next set.
One method that's been working for me: I typically run loops of anywhere between 1 to 2 miles in the same area for one set (3 loops for instance), then I run to a different area to do loops for the next set, and so on... I pretend that I'm starting a new run each time I run to a new area. Other things that one could also change in the middle of a run:
- switching to a new podcast
- switching from an audiobook to music
- running at a different pace, or even
- stopping to shake up your legs.
By triggering mental shifts during a run, a run of several hours long can be made much less overwhelming.
"𝗥𝘂𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻. 𝗥𝘂𝗻 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴. 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴." --𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗜𝘀𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 - 2 hours ago