Beating Running Boredom

For the past two months, I have been training for the Austin Marathon. I run three days during the week on a treadmill, and meet friends on the weekends for our long run.

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. 

Long Runs

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.

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