Making it through a long or tough run is one of the first things any runner must learn. That wall can come early and learning how to get through it will make the difference in the long run.
Rookies will say “ignore it,” but your brain doesn’t work like that and needs positive reinforcement to get to the next step. Thinking “I love hills” when clearly no one loves hills, can help trick your brain into making it through that rough patch on the road.
These same encouragements can be used to speed up, keep the pace or whatever “perk” you need to succeed as a runner.
- WRunning zoned out contributes to the build up of stress hormones.
- That stress can trigger a surge in cortisol, which lowers motivation to keep going
- Rather than burying my head into my chest and grumbling about my quads being destroyed, I repeat “I love hills!” out loud.
“When we run zoned out, the reflex brain takes over, and stress builds from exertion, heat, even starting too fast. That stress can trigger a surge in cortisol, which lowers motivation to keep going. The higher the stress, the more miserable you’re likely to feel.”
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