The worst thing about running 10 miles or more is not exhaustion or pain or heat. It is boredom. As much as runners crave that sense of accomplishment at the end of the run, putting one step in front of the other over and over can become monotonous during long distance runs. The combination of boredom and fatigue can cause a runner to delay potential runs, starting that deadly cycle of procrastination which has destroyed countless training plans.
Variety is the spice of life, and runners starting to get bored need to change up their routines and find new ways to keep spirits high when those remaining miles feel like an eternity. Here are some suggestions.
Listen to something (not necessarily music)
I am not much of a fan of running with music. The swells of emotion created by a song often end up out of sync with where I am in a run. It can be bizarre to hear some pump it up song playing when I am winding things down.
But there is no doubt that music can be a great motivator, as Runner’s World points out that music can distract athletes from the boredom of exercise. And I do sometimes enjoy listening to podcasts or audio books instead. They are educational and do not interfere with the rhythm of a run.