If you’re struggling to hold your pace, losing motivation at the end of a long run, or just trying not to stop, use one of the proven mental tricks below to help you finish your run.
Sometimes life requires a little fantasy, or at least a little distraction. A difficult moment – or 10 – during a run can be one of those times.
Use one of the proven mental tricks below to help you finish your run.
Pretend you’re in the Olympics, or any big event, and you’re about to win – but only if you can hold off the guy behind you. He inches closer. The crowd gasps. You push and gain a few seconds. You push again. And hold it, until the workout is finished and the medal is yours.
Use Your Surroundings
Pick an object – a tree, a stop sign – and focus on running to it. When you get there, pick a new object. In a race, concentrate on staying, say, about one metre behind the runner in front of you. Or if you want to pick up your pace , choose the guy in the blue shorts and pass him, then the woman in the bright red top and pass her, and so on.
Distract yourself by utilising the time for some productive thinking: Mull over an issue at work, mentally write your grocery list, compose a letter, or plan dinner.
Listen To Music
Everyone has a song or two that never fails to inspire them. Mine is Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Create a playlist of your top motivational songs so you can access them anytime.
Talk To Yourself
Use a mantra to rally your strength. It might be a word or a phrase like “push,” or “you can do this.” Or a sound, like “oomph.”
Do you have any of your own tips to add? Let us know by commenting below!