If you are training for a half, full, or ultra-marathon, long runs are a fact of your life. But just because you are running long distances, 10-, 15-, 20-miles or more, doesn’t mean you need to be uncomfortable for the entire run. Here are five tips to help you survive your next long run.
- Plan ahead. Before you head out on your long run make sure you have eaten and hydrated properly. Beginning your run dehydrated and hungry can lead to muscle fatigue sooner than when you are well-fueled.
- Know where restrooms and drinking fountains are. Because long runs are just that, longer than your average training run, your body may react differently than when you’re running your normal route. It can be convenient to know where restrooms and drinking fountains are located along your route.
- Wear the right gear. Nothing can make a long run feel even longer than wearing uncomfortable socks or clothes that chafe. Wearing the right clothes and accessories is key to a happy long run. If you are running in the evening make sure you either have enough daylight to complete your run or wear the proper gear for running at night.
- Don’t break in a new pair of running shoes on a long run. It can be tempting to pull out a brand new pair of PureProject shoes or another variety for a long run, but take your new shoes on a couple shorter trips first. The last thing you need is an unexpected blister forming around the halfway point.
- Run with music. Create a playlist of upbeat, motivational songs for your MP3 player. Nothing is more motivating than listening to your favorite songs as you cruise down the trail. Just make sure you have enough music to last for your entire outing.
What tips do you have for surviving long runs?