1. Eat or Drink Something That You Like
Today I ran 15 miles. I used Island Boost. I like Island Boost's use of coconut water and fruit juice or cocoa. Today I had a passion fruit, blueberry-pomegranate and chocolate flavored Island Boost. I liked them all. If you don't like thick energy gels, I think you'd like Island Boost's thin juice-like consistency. I won my Island Boost in a giveaway at Running on E!
2. Listen to Something Interesting
If I have something I only listen to when I run, that's an extra incentive to keep running when the going gets tough. I finished A Train in Winter, a story of women in occupied France, while I ran this week.
3. Change the Pace
I finished my 15 mile run with a fast finish. Going faster at the end of a run gives me something to look forward to. Sometimes it's because I know that the faster I run the faster I'm done, but sometimes it's because I want to see if I still have the energy to push myself when I'm tired. You'll want to do that at the end of a race so it's good to try it out in training.
Running in the last 7 days (in miles):
0, 6 (3 miles of hills), 3 (w/strides), 7 (2 miles at marathon pace), 0, 4, 15 = 35 miles