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look like when the cars make room! Image via
* Turn that frown upside down! I do most of my running on local roads and I really appreciate it when the oncoming cars move over and give me a little extra space (and not just the 3 foot berth required by law). So, I decided to make sure to say thanks with a wave and if I'm not too tired, a big smile too. So, yes, I am that crazy broad waving to all the cars that pass while I'm running, but, at least, now you know why :)
*Counting cars. Or mailboxes or minivans or trucks or rednecks or lawn ornaments.... You name it - just look at your surroundings and start focusing on that (rather than on how freakin' uncomfortable you are!). Before you know it, you'll be done!
*Taking bets. I usually run with music so I've been known to take a guess at where I'll be when I reach a particular point in the music...as in, I bet I'll make it to that 4th telephone pole by the end of that song. Most times, I overshoot and don't quite reach my guess before the song's up but it's a great distraction nonetheless!
Ok, so you might be thinking, "What a freak " right about now. Well, ok, you might not be wrong. But, clearly, I'm not the only one in the world who has little games to get through their runs either.
*By the numbers. I have a friend who counts backwards from 100 when she's really slogging through a run. Funny enough, during the last miles of her first full marathon, she passed by someone running and counting forwards to 100. Backwards clearly is the way to go :)
So, what are your tricks for getting through a tough run? Share them here and tuck away a few ideas for when the blehs hit your run!