I think monotony has more to do with the condition of your brain, rather than your circumstances.

On Saturday I ran 12 miles indoors. 6 miles on the treadmill - (50 minutes of staring at the stationary bike, and heart rate poster across the room from me) then I switched it up and ran 4 miles on the indoor track (56 laps around the same gym and weight room) finally I switched back to the treadmill for 2 more miles (yep, same poster and bike)

The wonder of it is that I didn't go crazy in the process. Last winter 4 miles on the treadmill used to kill me. My legs would start to feel heavier and heavier as my thoughts plodded down and down into complete and hopeless boredom. Somehow in the past year, all the running I've done has improved my mental stamina just as much as it has improved my physical endurance.

I don't want to give you the wrong impression, I was still glad to be done; but I never felt the hopeless boredom I used to feel. I had a goal in my mind and I was OK with doing whatever it took to accomplish that goal. I finished in 1 hour and 39 minutes, which averages out to 8:15 minute miles, which I'm happy with.

My goal for the marathon is to run it under 4 hours, which means running 9 minute miles. So if I can keep my pace where it is right now I'll be more than set!


  1. thats so awesome audrey!! i can hardly do 30 minutes!


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