It snowed about 6″ here yesterday and I didn’t feel like battling the icy, uneven (potential ankle-breaker), slippery sidewalks this far into Boston marathon training. Being only 7 weeks out, I’m in the heart of training, which means I’ve entered the paranoid-of-fluke-accidents phase.
So anyways, I’ve been hitting the treadmill (TM) more lately. Some TM runs are a breeze, I have a lot on my mind, and I just cruise through the miles. Others, I find myself counting the 0.1’s and every minute seems to drag on.
On runs like those, I’ve found ways to keep myself not-bored, and I figured I’d share them with you guys, so we could swap anti-boredom tricks.
1.) YouTube. From clips of movies, to episodes of Scrubs or Friends, to “Taylor Swift live in concert”, I’ve youtube’d a lot of visual/musical entertainment to keep my mind entertained.
2.) Sing. Okay, I confess I only use this trick when I’m the only one in my condo’s fitness center (I’m so polite). I literally sing along, out loud, to my pump-up jams. What?! Don’t tell me you haven’t felt inspired to sing along to music while running before!
3.) Play with speed. Not the drug kind. I’ve got multiple go-tos:
- Every half mile: increase the speed 0.1 mph until I hit my mileage
- Every mile: increase the mins/mile pace by 0:15 (e.g., 8:00 to 7:45 to 7:30, etc)
- Every two miles: increase the mins/mile pace by 0:30 (e.g., 2 miles @ 8:00, 2 miles @ 7:30, etc)
4.) Plan my weekly menu. Weez and I love to cook, and I love to plan out our grocery shopping list. So I play the game of how-many-ingredients-can-I-remember while putting together the mental list. It’s quite the mental challenge.
5.) Pretend to be a supermodel. So this trick only lasts about 30 seconds, until I get bored again, but I like to pretend I’m a running model, focusing on perfect form, breathing relaxed and comfortably (pounding foot strikes and breathing like a horse does not constitute as sexy running). Repeat as often as possible.
Fellow TM runners: what tricks do you do to keep yourself entertained?