03 Sep '15, 10pm

Sarah Bowen Shea: Mind Games for Your Long Run

Sarah Bowen Shea: Mind Games for Your Long Run

My best running friend, Molly, crushed her first marathon, literally cracking jokes at mile 20 and smiling much of the route. But the prior year, before she had to drop out of marathon training due to a knee injury, she admitted the mere thought of long runs almost paralyzed her with fear. Molly would wake up with dread in the pit of her stomach, leaving her feel nauseated and barely able to climb out of bed. It takes a leap of faith it takes to set off on a long run. I can’t count how many times I’ve run 20 miles in training for my dozen marathons, yet even I feel a few butterflies banging around in my gut as I strap on my GPS watch and take a final swig of nuun. As I covered 20 miles, I conjured up these mind games to share with all of you who are running long this season: Chunk it Up This is the key to any run or race (or child’s birthday party, home renovation project,...

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