Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:57
Great question! And a pretty hard one to answer!
I'm training for a marathon in May and am finding the long runs really hard. But once I'm say 7-8 miles into it, I feel great and often find myself thinking what's so bad about it, I try and make a mental note to remember that feeling the next time I'm in the office thinking about (and dreading) the evenings long run.
The problem is we often forget the good feelings about running and only recall the aches and pains we get during the first few miles (when your body is lying to you ha).
I've found the run out and back method to be the best. I'm up to 13 miles so I just go our for 6.5 and back again. The routes were getting a bit boring so I decided last night to try running circuits of 2.5 miles and try 6 of them. Big mistake, I was bored after the 2nd circuit and feeling more tired, same scenery and too close to home. The temptation to stop its too much.
From now on I will always run out and back. Plus as others have said, you get a good buzz when you reach the farthest point and turn back. Its a big psychological boost knowing your are on the home stretch.