People are amazing. I love reading reports of incredible endurance efforts particularly by seemingly ordinary people. Like cyclist Mark Beaumont who completed the challenge of cycling round the world in under 80 days. In doing so he rode on average 240 miles a day, cycling 7,031 miles in a month. Or the swimmer Ross Edgley whose attempt to swim around the British Isles saw him swimming 100 days non-stop for 12 hours a day.
While many of us can’t comprehend covering those distances, increasing your distance whether cycling on the road, running in the park or swimming in the pool is achievable with training but also the right mindset.
What do I mean by this? Well first of all you need to be in a positive frame of mind. If you start out negatively “I can’t do this” “This is going to hurt” thoughts then it will hurt. So start positive, I know it is hard at times but push the negativity away and concentrate on finding the joy in your training.
Secondly, visualise your distance in small in small sections, that way increasing the mileage becomes a much more manageable and achievable goal.
Finally, I would advocate operating in time rather than being too focused on the distance you are trying to cover. For example, if I am going for an ‘out and back’ 30 minute run, I think about it being only 15 mins each way rather than thinking I must run for 30 mins or for a distance of 5k. When you start to increase the time say to 40 mins and then 50 mins etc the out and back section increases but if you think in time and split it up, then it feels easier than working in kilometres or miles. It may not work for you but give it a try, I find it really motivating.