SURVIVING THE DISTANCE
We know that most of you signed up to support the cause, not because you love walking or running. So we've gathered a few tips to help you survive the distance over these next several weeks.
1. Break Down The Distance.
When things get tough during your training just focus on completing the mile that you are in. When you get through that one, make it one more. Use landmarks or people when you feel like you just can't go anymore. Tell yourself you can make it to that building 300 yards ahead, then to that tree 200 yards ahead of that, then pass that guy. We always find that thinking about going out and training for a certain amount of time is much easier than thinking of the distance. Thirty minutes seems easier than 3 miles right?
2. Repeat a Mantra or Song... Find something that gets you fired up and repeat it to yourself when things get tough...
"Do or do not; there is no try." -Brian Sell, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner.
"Pure guts race" - Steve Prefontaine.
"Run the mile you are in." -Ryan Hall, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner.
"Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever." -Unknown, because he may have accidentally taken drugs during the Tour.
3. See Success and Make Things Up.
Think about successful times you've had like crossing the finish lines in previous races, winning games or competitions.
Make things up. Vent your frustrations during your workout. Try turning the course into an imaginary vacation spot where you take in all the scenery.
4. Think Hard and Focus on Something (other than walking/running).
Rather than thinking about that slight pain you feel or how tired your legs are try focusing on your form. Is my face relaxed? Are my shoulders relaxed? Are my fingers so loose that it's like I'm carrying a potato chip in each hand? Moving your focus to something positive will help change your mindset. Some people like to count. Count to 100 three times and before you know it a few more tenths of a mile are gone.
5. Remember a Reward.
Think about that well deserved bowl of ice cream or glass of wine you might have when you finish your training. Book a massage or go to a favorite restaurant as a reward to keep you pushing through each mile.
6. Stay Motivated by all the people watching you.
Try your best not to be that person who can barely take another step walking down the road. Be motivated to look strong for the person in the next car that passes you.
7. Add in some speed.
Break up the last miles by doing 1/4 mile or 2 minute pick-ups. It's a great way to loosen your legs and break up the monotony. Unsure of the distance, pick up the pace between telephone poles.
8. Keep it in Perspective.
Think of the tough things you've done in your life and realize that these few miles are nothing.
9. Count Your Blessings.
Given the reason we are walking, running and raising funds, this should be simple. Is walking or running a few more minutes or miles something to complain about? Not at all.