Happy Friday Five everyone! Your weekly long run doesn’t have to seem like a chore.
Here are five ways to make your long run more fun:
Make Your Route Special
It’s easy to run the same routes during the week because of convenience, but save a special route for your long run. I really enjoy this because it makes the longer run more enjoyable. Lately, I have been enjoying driving a little farther out of the city to a scenic park instead of just running my neighborhood streets. The park is also great because there is a public restroom and water fountain on course.
Look Forward to Pre Run Fuel
One of the best things for me is that on weekends I have enough time to make a real meal before heading out for my run. I look forward to making a couple eggs and drinking a cup of coffee when I normally wouldn’t have enough time to let my food settle on the weekdays.
Run with Friends
Sometimes the best way to click off the miles is by sharing stories with the person you run with. Save up a great story and look forward to sharing it on your long run.
If you like to listen to podcasts during your long runs, then have them ready to go and save episodes from the week to listen to on your long run. Right now I am loving Trail Runner Nation, DizRuns and Generation Why, so I save up their weekly downloads to listen to on the weekends. I look forward to them and it makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Post Run Treat
I think one of the greatest motivators during a long run is to think about all the fun you will have when you are done. Maybe that means picking up a coffee on your way home or meeting up with friends later that day. The Mr. and I often plan to run errands and eat lunch after my long run so I always think about what I might order or sometimes I just get excited about going home and watching Netflix on the couch.
Long runs can be challenging for different reasons, but long runs are the bread and butter of endurance running. We have to embrace the long runs in order to progress in the sport, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it.
Do you love the long run?
How do you stay motivated during a long run?