Report Progression tips in Running Tips Posted July 19, 2014 Try changing your stride for a few steps - or breathing very deeply once or twice. Plan your play list to have the most motivational music right at that point where you want to quit. And like the person above, I lie to myself. "I'm not going to run 5 minutes (or 8 or 10 or 20 or 28!). I'm just going to run. I like to run so I'm just going to run." When it gets tough, I say, "I'm just running. It's not that deep. Just running. I can do a little more."