Now that I’m halfway through my training, the boredom and burnout is starting to set in. My long runs are fun when I’m with friends, but last week I ran 16 miles alone and this upcoming Sunday I’ll be alone. Blah.
I thought I would share my tips on beating treadmill and long run boredom.
- Read – I read books on my kindle. At first it was weird and somewhat difficult, but I increased the font size and change the background to a beige color and that helped. Now I’m use to reading while running. I noticed that I read faster while I’m running.
- Movies/T.V. Shows – I love watching movies/shows on Netflix while I run. This is a great way to catch up on your shows.
- Music – I listen to Pandora while I run and usually while I’m reading.
- Podcasts – I recently started listening to podcasts while I run. I listen to Joel Osteen (religion), Jimmy Moore (health/wellness), Beyond the To Do List (productivity), New Yorker: Fiction (short stories), and Selected Shorts (short stories). This is a great way to learn something new while running.
I listen to music or a podcast during long runs. The last time I trained for a marathon, I didn't listen to anything for the first half of my long runs. I wanted to train myself to run without any distraction. Now I welcome and sometimes need the distraction.
Last weekend, I ran a long, ugly, and desperate 16 miles by myself. I wanted to quit the entire run. I listened to two hours of short stories from selected shorts, which made the run bearable.
For the last three miles, I listened to music and pushed myself to finish. I was tired, sweaty, freezing, and in pain. I had planned on 16 miles, so I was not going to stop until I finished 16 miles.
I’m glad I didn't give up. To this day, I have not regretted any of the miles I have ran.