I swear my training is a constant cycle these days.
My weekday runs are going GREAT. I feel fantastic, my breathing is on point, my legs are fresh, and I feel like I could run forever and ever. Then the weekend comes and my long run BLOWS. My breathing is off, my legs feel heavy, and I always want to quit early.
(post 16 long miles)
So, I wonder…………..is it all mental?
Am I psyching myself out? Going into it with a bad attitude and putting too much pressure on the long run?
My training is a lot more laid back this time around, but the long runs just aren’t as pleasurable as they used to be. In all honesty, I dread them.
So I’ve decided I need to approach them differently:
- Start SLOW (I have a horrible tendency to go out too fast)
- Relax and enjoy the scenery (sometimes I’m too caught up in my run that I forget to look and see what’s around me)
- Don’t take it so seriously (I mean, it’s only a run)
- Don’t pay attention to my watch (I’m getting better at this, but I still sneak a peak when it buzzes……maybe I should just turn the buzz feature off)
I want to enjoy my long runs as much as I do my shorter, weekday runs so maybe this well help.
How do you approach long run days? Are you relaxed, or do you stress like I apparently do?