I recently came across the idea that one way of staying mentally strong as you run longer distance is to find a particular topic to think about for each kilometer or mile that you are covering. These can be both thinking about your running (associative thinking) or something else (disassociation thinking). on today’s fast 8k I gave it a try. Here is what I thought about:-
Km1 – Cadence – keep up with the 170 spm
Km2 – Lift your head up and look ahead. No, lift it up, I said lift it …. Ooops was that cow pooh? Never mind
Km3 – Good form – how are your arms? Hands? How is my breathing? Am I leaning over?
Km4 – The weather – look, the sun is shining! Lovely little wispy clouds, a light breeze and best of all, no rain. Ah lovely Vitamin D
Km5 – things I am grateful for – this is a long list and I found this very motivating
Km6 – ummmm this is getting hard now. Err ok, I can do this. Where would i really like to run? lets pretend I am running on the beach by the sea
Km7 – Oh this is getting hard work, there’s the hill coming up. how can I distract myself. Cake. Yep lets think about cake
Km8 – Just.Keep.Running. No. Energy. To. Think. Breathe. Just. Keep Breathing.
I may need to work on this.