Mental Strength When Running. Check out my 3 tips for long-distance running beginners, who are looking to make the step up from running 5k or 10k distances, and even those looking to step it up above a half-marathon. The physiology involved in running longer distances than this is very different. Learn how in my video, and some simple mental tips to help you blast past distance barriers.
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hi welcome and thanks for watching you may have seen my previous video on what I've learned about running long distance from going from the couch to 5k program not being able to run at all to running marathons and ultramarathons if you haven't seen it check on the link above now but this is an extra video just giving you three tips to help you to get through those extra tough long runs enjoy here's three more of my tips about long-distance running if you're trying to extend out the time or distance that you're running it can be tricky to break through some limits you might be running a bit too quickly for the distance you're trying to accomplish the speed makes a difference it changes the proportion of fuel you draw from in your body from either carbohydrate or fat sources a greater proportion of fat sources tend to be drawn from if you run relatively slowly and for periods of periods of 25 for 30 minutes or more quicker shorter runners tend to draw from your carb stores which tend to be glycogen which is stored in your muscles if you're having trouble breaking through a barrier try these three tips number one try some self-talk if you're running alone and struggling give yourself a bit of self coaching tell yourself that you're mentally fatigued not physically tired and that you can push through it try telling yourself things like I'll have some water in five minutes that will make me feel better if you're extending distance and doing your longest run ever remind yourself how great you'll feel when you're finished number two break up your run into smaller goals dividing up your run into smaller chunks will make the distance feel more manageable for example if you're running 20 kilometres think okay it's for 5k runs at the start of each new chunk visualize yourself just starting out on a new run with fresh legs and attitude and just focus on getting to the end of that section this works for shorter distances too and work on the fly you can focus on maintaining good form to get to the end of that street and then focus on speed between those two lampposts number three remember it's not always easy as you're doing a long run maybe your weekly long slow distance run remind yourself that it's not so easy to train for a long-distance event if it were everyone would be doing it remind yourself that you're taking on a challenge and the difficulties you face will make your achievement all the more worthwhile in the end