Running Boredom

In Musings, Rants and Explanations on April 23, 2009 at 12:17 am

Although, I attack this issue through math in my head or working out other problems while I run, a number of people have talked to me about how boring they find running lately. Although, it may just not be the exercise activity for you, or you may simply have this problem with all forms of exercise, you need to deal with this if you hope to train for an endurance event. This is a psychological phenomenon.

I have a few thoughts on this topic:

1) You are doing the same activity over and over. I think this is bread through the simple 12 week training strategies put forth by the running experts, i.e. run for 30 minutes on Tuesday and run for 30 minutes on Thursday.

If you change up your pace, distance, practice method, time of the day, place where you run, what is playing on your ipod, etc., you will be able to overcome this boredom.

2) You don’t like to be alone inside of your head with nothing to do but think for that long of a period of time. Let’s face it, some of our lives do not need to be scrutinized that diligently or they become scary.

In this case I would recommend finding a running partner. Someone to talk to will make this process much easier for you, whenever the bad man in your head comes knocking. If you can’t find a running partner, get an ipod and go real loud. One of the reasons I like the gym so much, is that there is always something else going on or someone to make fun of in your head while you run (con, surely someone is making fun of you in there head).

3) You are running to stay in shape because you no longer play competitive sports.

If this is the case, you need to either compete or deal with the boredom. Running can be competitive; actually it is more competitive than most sports. You have so many competitors in running. There is the person on the treadmill next to you, there is your personal record, and there is no limit to people or things you can run against.

I also found an article through men’s health that deals with this issue.


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