I find that the more I run, the more I sometimes let my imagine that I’m in race conditions. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I run faster, it just means I think about how I would react in a race to whatever the situation is.
Example, when I come to a hill, I lean into it because I know pretty much every race will have some sort of incline along the route. I remind my self of that fact.
Or, if I need to stop at a drinking fountain to get a drink, I try to pretend I’m at a water station in a race. Translation, I try not to linger, gotta keep moving.
There are many more examples, but I’ll leave you with this last one. When I come to the end of most of my neighborhood runs, there is a baseball field. At the end of the field is a row of trees. I like to pretend those trees are the truss holding a “finish” banner. Even if I’ve reached my mileage goal, I will keep running until I cross that imaginary finish. I tell myself it’s the last .1 or .2 of a race and must keep going till I get there.
What about you? Do you ever pretend your in race situations on a run? Do you have a “finish line” on your training runs?
Or do you think I need to have my head examined for my hallucinations?