5 Ways To Stay Inspired On Your Long Run
The long run. For distance runners, it is the most important run of the week. It’s necessary to build mileage and get you to your race goal but it isn’t always fun. It means sacrificing sleep, getting up early to beat the heat and having to remind yourself WHY.
While the getting out the door is often the hardest part, there are times when you’re two miles into your 12 mile journey and need some extra inspiration. A little something that says gives you the push you need to keep going.
Some runners prefer to spend their long run connecting with nature, paying attention to their stride, working on their breathing patterns. I often fall into this category but there are times when turning on some motivational tunes makes a world of difference on the days that I need some extra inspiration. Running with music can be beneficial in a lot of ways- it can determine your pace and distract you from all the miles you have yet to run.
Find A Mantra
If music on the run just isn’t your thing (or even if it is), having a mantra can do wonders. A mantra, or “instrument for thinking” is an inspirational phrase you can repeat to yourself to get your head in the game. It’s a magical way of ridding your mind of self doubt and fight fatigue so you can keep your head in the game. It should be a phrase that is short with strong words. Example: “Just one mile at time” or “I’ve done this before. I can do this again“.
Sometimes, the mere thought of running 20 miles alone can seem impossible. Make it a little more bearable and find a friend or a running group and get it done together. Running friends (which we all know are the best friends) not only keep you company and can commiserate with you about your running woes but they can also provide you with a great source of inspiration during the moments that you want to give up.
Running the same route after a while can become boring. One of the easiest ways to find some inspiration on the run is creating a new route! Make it scenic. Discover new terrain and take it all in. The sights, the sounds, the people or lack thereof can really do wonders when you’re looking for some inspiration during your longest run of the week!
One of the best ways to find some inspiration on your long run is to wear it! Running and triathlete jewelry from Athlete Inspired is one great example.
Athlete Inspired was actually founded by a five-time Ironman Athlete and businesswoman with the concept that every athlete competes through inspiration. Each of her pieces is designed to empower you to dig deep and conquer your goals.
The jewelry ranges from bracelets in a variety of materials (leather, cords, chains and wraps) with different sayings and distances to help celebrate your accomplishment or goal!
Aside from bracelets and necklaces, there are also these awesome metal shoe tags that just simple say “RUN” to “RUN INSPIRED” to the race distance of your choice.
My personal favorite is the “RUN INSPIRED” tag. A quick glance down at my shoe and there is the inspiration I need to finish those last few miles.
I prefer it faces me so I can read it while I’m on the run but if you get a distance tag you could totally face it the other way so you can “brag” to others.
Speaking of bragging, Athlete Inspired also makes these pretty cool “Brag Bags” to carry your race accessories in. As well as apparel that I totally want to get my hands on.
Anyway, back to the whole running and tri jewelry. If you want to stay inspired on the run, you should check it out. Score 15% off EVERYTHING with code FITMAMA at checkout!
Athlete Inspired has also generously agreed to giveaway some of their amazing jewelry to you!
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Giveaway ends on 6/16 at 11:59PM. Open to US only. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours of giveaway ending and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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