6 Steps That Will Make That Long Run Feel Easier

There is no reason to dread your long run with these six tips. Here's how to make it feel easier, no matter the training cycle.

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If you’re training for a race, there’s no reason to dread your long run. Here are a few strategies to keep in mind to make those miles fly by.

  1. Forget the time: Sometimes, it’s better just to put in the mileage than struggle to keep a time goal. When you’re dragging your feet to make your run, not paying attention to your pace can help you feel less pressure on a bad running day.
  2. Shorten your stride: Conserve your energy—no long, bounding strides needed. Shortening your stride will help you run the most efficiently, which allows you to save energy for your long trek.
  3. Go out and back: This is a great way to trick your mind into thinking you’re going a shorter distance, and it can be more convenient as well. To do an out-and-back run, run half the mileage you’ve set for the day, and then turn back! It’ll feel less daunting than going on an unknown loop.
  4. Set a walk-run goal: Just because you have to stop running doesn’t mean you aren’t a runner. Tell yourself you can walk for one minute for every five minutes of running, for example, or take a break once you hit each mile.
  5. Be serious about entertainment: Make sure you’ve got headphones that stay put and a killer playlist or podcast that will last for your entire run, or enlist friends to run at least part of your route with you. When you’re not looking forward to a couple hours on the road, how you distract yourself can make all the difference.
  6. Get it over with: The longer you delay your run, the more you’ll dread it. Commit to a time early in the day so you have the most energy and aren’t wasting time putting it off.