The Lighthouse Run is a week from Saturday, and I feel ready! I've continued with most of the virtual runs with my pal in Milwaukee; however, I've met a recent road block in my training in having to deal with a recent health issue. But that's not very fun to talk about. Preparing for crossing the finish line on Saturday is. So onward!
This morning's run was a steady and strong 5 miles. As I was running this morning I was thinking about how I've trained my brain as well as my body. Here are some of my favorite mental "tricks" for when I really hate running.
- The first three miles are the hardest for me. I just keep promising myself that soon I'll find my stride and then I'll feel like the runner that I'm not.
- Sometimes running in silence is just what I need at the end of a long day. I have no distractions and can really rehash anything that's been eating away at me. After 5 miles, though, I'm bored as hell (you runners who claim you can run for days without getting bored--teach me your ways). Usually, I'll bring my music, keep it off initially and then plug in later. It gives me a huge burst of energy right when I want to quit. I've started compiling a playlist for Saturday below :)
- Enlist the help of a buddy. It's hard finding someone who is as slow as I am the same pace as me, runs are more enjoyable when I do. You don't even have to talk about anything...just having the company works wonders.
- Start hydrating hours before you run. Since I usually run at night, I'm drinking water all day. Nothing is worse than convincing yourself to keep running when you're cramping up from dehydration.
This week I've been cherry-picking some of my favorite jams to create a playlist for Saturday. Here are some of of my go-to running tunes, but I welcome suggestions!
Running Man's Bible - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Make Her Say - Kid Cudi/Kanye/Common
You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates
Dog Days - Florance & the Machine
Roll Up - Wiz Kalifa
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Up Up & Away - Kid Cudi
Follow you Down - Gin Blossoms
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
Rain King - Counting Crows
90201 - Wale