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For me, this is easy in almost every aspect of life, but i found that part of my problem when I got to the longer distances of running was my brain got in the way. I has always gone the same route through my neighborhood, and after doing the 20-minute run, I knew where i finished the run portion. Later, when the time increased, once I got to that spot where I finished the 20-minute run my brain thought I should be done. I was on vacation for the next week, and was able to run easily past 20 minutes, came back home and had the same problem when I hit 20 minutes. I've started adjusting my route so that my brain does not know where I'm supposed to start walking. It may just be me, but it's made a huge difference now that I'm going farther distances. Hopefully it will help someone else out there.

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That is interesting.


Our yard backs right up to the forest preserve trails so I can jump right on and go. I probably should vary my route more, but it just so happens that there's a loop that is 6.2 miles round trip from where I jump on. So now that I've been doing the 10K trainer, I tend to go that direction all the time.


When I ran my first 5K, I forgot my headphones and couldn't hear the MapMyRun on my phone, so I had no clue how far along I was. For me, mentally that's a killer!

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