A few weeks ago I mentioned in a post how I’d been running without music on two of my recent long distance runs. I just completed a 10 mile run last weekend, again without music. Eliminating music from my runs was something I never thought to do, or even intended. I grew past needing music to complete a short distance run over a year ago, but I still needed music to complete a long distance run up until this training cycle.
So how have I been getting through my long runs without music? Well, several different ways. For starters, I don’t go out there and think, ‘Oh man, I’ve got 10 miles ahead of me,’ instead I break it up into chunks. I know I can run 3-4 miles comfortably without music. Since the first mile seems to be the hardest, I focus on accomplishing just that mile. From there I break it up into a 5K, then a 10K, a 15K then I only had a mile left to go.
Having a good running location with some scenic views is a plus. I’ve been completing my long distance runs at the same location for the last two and half years but I have yet to get sick of it. My run starts off along the inner-coastal with a neighborhood of really nice mansion-like homes. As I move past the neighborhood I move along the waterfront with a gorgeous view of the sunrise. If I am running on a Saturday, Ill pass by the local morning market.
I also like to keep my mind busy. I devote each mile to something and stay focused on it. What am I going to have for breakfast? How do I want to spend my afternoon? Or, how accomplished I will feel once this run is complete. A tip I learned from my sister while completing my last half was to dedicate a mile to someone, think of the memories with that person.
Occasionally I’ll have a friend to run with and that really passes the miles by. I have two really great running friends who make the miles much more enjoyable and I couldn’t ask for better running friends.
How do you get by on a run when you don’t have music?
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