Battling Running Boredom

I typically run 4-6 days each week, totaling 25-40+ miles. One of the most common questions I get about running so often and so far is, “don’t you get bored?” It’s surprisingly rare that I do, but if I spend the entire time thinking about how far I have to go until I’m done and how I don’t want to be running, then boredom is sure to set in immediately. And that happens sometimes too, always on shorter runs which for some reason I think should only take me 5 minutes and I’m always letdown when they don’t. Long runs are different. On long runs there’s plenty of time to let your mind wander. You’d be surprised with what you can come up with. Think about the fun plans you have later that night, the scenery around you, your pace, passing the person in front of you, or start doing math with your distance and time, that’s always fun.
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