As a runner, there are weeks where I really look forward to the long run and then there are weeks where I dread it more than the dentist (and if you know me and my irrational fear of dentists, you know that’s a big deal).
Last week was one of those where I was actually looking forward to 7 solo miles. I was watching the weather all week and Sunday looked like it was going to cooperate and let me do it outside. Then it all changed and I found myself facing my long run on the treadmill. I know we all have done it at one time or another and depending on the part of the country you live in, you might have to do it more than you would like.
So during my 7 treadmill miles, I started to think about what makes Long Run Days so great…now this is just my list and I will admit, I can be sort of a baby at times but maybe my five reasons to love long run days will help you look forward to Long Run Day
- No food guilt on long run days. In fact, I actually use food as a reward sometimes. Every long run is finished off by some chocolate milk and then whatever I want to eat.
- Recovery Time is the best. Long run days are the only times a take a bath. After some foam rolling, it’s so rewarding to soak in a bath, filled with Epsom salt after a long run.
- Play Catch up on tv and podcasts. I rarely get to sit and watch TV during the week so it is a perk to be able to catch a couple shows that I missed. That’s the only thing good about doing long runs on the treadmill.
- Hit the sack early. I put the kids down and follow quickly after that. It’s the only day where I don’t even think twice about 9:00 bedtime. Most days I have to unwind to get myself asleep but not on long run days. The second I hit the pillow, I’m done.
- Next Day is Rest Day. The rest day after the long run day is a rest day I embrace. I feel so happy to sleep in and enjoy the evenings free of any fitness guilt I might have. It really does FEEL like a rest day.
Now I know, these may or may not be motivating but I figured it was worth a shot.
Do you embrace the long runs or resist?
Why do you love long run days?