Here’s how I approach a run in general, my tactics and mindset before I head out on any run, how I plan a run and subsequently carry it out, etc.
Since this encompasses just about every facet of a variety of running workouts, this is going to go a bit across the board.
When possible, multi-task a run
Most of my runs are destination runs rather than round trips, meaning it starts in one location and ends at a different location I wanted to go to for unassociated reasons. For example, most days I run home from work. This is a destination run intended to commute me home from work, and the commute isn’t necessarily the primary purpose for the run.
I’ll warm up for speed workouts by taking an easy run to the workout site from home, and then I’ll cool down by running back home from the workout.
At one point I had season tickets to Loyola Chicago basketball, plus I worked in nearby Evanston. I’d often run from work to the campus for games, then at times run home after the games. This was an easy 6-10 miles.
None of this is breakthrough science. A lot of people do this sort of thing, I’m sure. But I make a practice of it, rather than do it incidentally.