Days 14 & 15: Aim for the 11th Mile

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When we head out for out for our long run with a certain distance in mind, our brain only considers that distance so as we get closer we start to get tired…mentally and physically. So what would happen if we train our brain to think past where we need to go? What if we aim for more?

If you have 10 miles on your schedule for this weekend, but you tell your brain that you’re going 11, then when mile 10 comes you’re still mentally prepared for 11 but you’re actually done! A little brain trick that can make a big difference.

Think about it…if you’re prepared to go 10 miles, then mid run your coach says you have to do 11, that 1 extra mile seems so far… It’s only one more mile and your legs can handle it but your brain says no.

Try it. Trick your brain into being ready for more. Then stop when you hit your goal and see if it makes a difference. I think you’ll be surprised!

Don’t forget your your warm up drills and post run self love!

Day 14 exercises: Long Run

  • Pre-run Warm up – Hip Hurdles, Leg Swings & Lunge Matrix
  • Long Run
  • :60 Plank
  • :60 Wall Sit
  • Legs up the Wall (5-15 minutes)
  • Roll
  • Stretch! – 7 Key Stretches for Runners

Day 15 exercises: Active Recovery

  • :60 Plank
  • :60 Wall Sit
  • Active Recovery – Short run, walk, bike ride, swim, playing outside with the kids
  • Yoga for Runners – links below
  1. Yoga for Runners – “Unknot Yourself”
  2. Yoga for Runners – “Tight Hips & Legs”
  3. Yoga Poses for Runners

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