Lighthouse Run - Countdown Begins!

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