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Mental preparation and attitude is hugely important when tackling long runs, as well as knowing how to pace yourself and listening to your body

If you’re training for a long race this spring, such as a marathon, by now you may be over the 10-mile mark or running for over two hours. At this point, it’s easy to feel daunted. Distance running can be a lonely pursuit and there’s also the risk of self-doubt creeping in and that negative voice in your head that pipes up when you’re feeling tired, unhelpfully telling you to stop.

Developing the right mindset during long runs and using various tactics will help you keep going when you feel tired, or when self-doubt creeps in. Here’s how to manage your mind during those long runs and keep boredom and self-doubt at bay…

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Coming up in the April issue of Women’s Running… Ramping up your mileage this spring? We’ve got everything you need in the April issue of Women’s Running, out now! Find the best running shoe for you with our first Women’s Running Shoe Guide, featuring 30 models tried and tested. If you’re marathon training, you’ll find part two of our 12-week training plans in this issue, taking you right up to race day. We’ve got an essential stretching routine to ease tired muscles, three gorgeous recipes to boost your health and energy, and tips on how to tackle long runs. Plus, we’ve got all the usual great gear reviews, inspiration and quick training advice.