One reason I like long runs over short runs is because the first 10, 15, or 20 minutes of my runs are always somewhat of a struggle. Some days it takes longer than others but no matter what, it always takes my body awhile to get going. After about 3 miles, though, my body and mind get on the same page and I get into a rhythm and that is when I really enjoy running and appreciate my body for what it can do. If I go for a short 3 miler, my mind and body are fighting each other the whole time, so it isn’t as enjoyable as my longer runs.
I try to remind myself of this during the beginning of my run and talk myself into chugging along until I find my groove. I also think it is a great thing for beginner runners who think running more than 3 miles is impossible to know. If you body is used to sitting or standing all day, it will most likely be in a little bit of shock when you start running. I usually run in the morning, so I think that adds to the equation since I am going from moving 0 MPH to moving 7 MPH.
This morning I got in a 6.5 mile out and back run and found my groove on the way home. It is going to be 100 degree today so at 8 this morning it was already hot but I made it and now just have to be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate today.
What do you tell yourself to get out the door and keep going on your runs?
Those First Twenty Minutes