Having trouble pushing yourself those extra few kilometers on your daily run? For me, most days I call it quits at about 5-6km. Not because I don’t think that I can run more, but more because I just “give up” and get tired. I know how hard it can be to push yourself when it seems easier to walk it out and just let your body do what it wants – but where can us so-called “short-distance” runners find the motivation we need to run those extra kilometers?
Here is my solution, or something that I know works. It’s called Destination Runs and it is exactly what it sounds like. I want to challenge anyone reading this that enjoys running to try one. The reason for doing a destination is to run more distance than you would on a normal day. Another reason is to prove to yourself that you can run that extra distance, without falling over of a heart attack. It’s worth trying, I promise.
The simplest way to do a destination run is map out your route, say a 7km set route from point A to B that I’m going to follow. You can do this using mapmyrun.ca. Then, get someone to drive in another car alongside to your end point. Leave one car there, and go back to the start point with your driver. Now, let the race begin!
The joy of this is that, it’s not over until you touch that car. You have no choice and I honestly think that it’s the motivation that some people need to prove to themselves that they CAN run x km’s.
I’ve tried this, it worked for me, and that’s why I’m recommending it to others. It might be a little bit of a hassle to do the car drop, but if you have another way to do this – let me know. It’s worth a shot, at the very least.
Anyone who knows me knows I love to run – but I really do find it hard to run long distances (for me a ‘long distance’ is 5-20km). I’m always struggling to run non-stop on longer distances – so, if you have any good techniques, please share them with me!