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How to Get Through Long Runs // Marathon Training

Marathon training has come! In just over 3 months I will be trotting my way through 26.2 miles in Philadelphia, PA. Will anyone else be? #letmeknow Whether your long run is 3 miles or 23, I know it can be challenging at points so I wanted to share some of my TOP SECRET tips with you 😉

TOP SECRET TIPS TO KILLING YOUR LONG RUNS

PODCASTS: If you have an iPhone, you can go to the Podcast app on your phone that is pre-installed and search just about anything and everything. Once you find some you like, you can download them via WiFi directly to your phone to listen to when you are out and running. Podcasts will run anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour. If you get one that you are really interested in, honestly the time FLIES. I actually accidently ran too far the other day because I was engaged in what I was listening to. Two of my favorites: Girl Boss, School of Greatness

Kind of dabbling with the idea of doing my own Podcasts soon! Thoughts?

SWITCH UP YOUR EVERYTHING: Your route, your terrain, your color socks, ALL OF IT. I know some people like to religiously stick to their route and I am not going to tell you that is bad. I think that is awesome, you’ve found something you are comfortable and happy with!  But, I also want to challenge you to switch it up every now and then. It is like a mind game. When you let yourself get too comfortable with the same thing, you may slack off without even knowing it, and even more… your body gets used to doing the same thing over and over, you may plateau and stop seeing benefits. You also miss out on the chance to stumble upon something new that you may like even more. By running to a new place, you also create a slight distraction from distance as you are taking in your surroundings!

One time I went on a new route and found MILES of new trails to explore….

GRAB A BUD. This is honestly probably the last thing I ever thought I would say. Run with a friend. I have always been an alone worker-outer. Yes, coining that word. I love to get in the zone and tune everything out besides myself and my workout. I love challenges, I love challenging myself, and I enjoy my one-on-one time to do so. However, this past summer I began working out with one of my best friends and my horizons expanded beyond imagination. I still love working out alone, but I no longer hesitate to work out with someone else when the opportunity arises. It adds some extra motivation, as well as distraction when needed.

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Actually, the last day I was in France I was pumped to get my workout in on the pier in front of my apartment right on top of the Mediterranean. I had my whole workout planned out and was ready to power through it. About 10 minutes in, a 15 year old boy who had been trying to workout himself nearby walked over and in the cutest little French voice asked if he could workout with me. I knew he would slow me down, but I said yes anyway and I still got my workout in and was able to make this little boy’s day; he was so proud of himself!

Stop thinking about how bored, or tired, or thirsty, or how much your legs hurt. Seriously, the second you let your mind admit to any of that it gets that much harder. Think about things that make you happy, what you are excited for, make up stories, do anything besides admit to being tired.

I make a point of mentioning this during every spin class I teach. At one of the toughest points, I will look at my class and say ‘Everyone smile right now, think about what makes you the happiest in the world, that is it.’ And I literally can see a second wave of energy hit every single rider. It is the power of the mind.. #YouMakeYou

Post 12 miles sweat && rolls (loud & proud): 


I want to know:

What is your favorite song to run to? Mine is Run Boy Run by Woodkid

ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU MAKE YOU

xoxo, Colby

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8 Comments

  • Katie September 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Gangsta’s Paradise. Which probably came out before you were born LOL! 🙂

    Reply
    • colbytriolo October 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      LOL love it, will have to give it a listen!!

      Reply
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