So running in Ottawa in the winter is not my favorite pastime when it is icy and -25C plus windchill, I prefer to run on my treadmill. I have weak ankles and I am afraid of slipping and breaking something important. Come to think of it running in the summer in Ottawa is also not my favorite pastime either when it is +30C plus humidity. On Sundays I do my Long Slow Distance (LSD) run and if it is too cold or too hot, I stick to my treadmill. I have run for 3 hours on my treadmill and I actually quite enjoy it. People always ask me how I can run on the treadmill so long, they find it boring and time goes so slow. Runner and author Mark Stutcliffe said if he was given 6 months to live he would go run on a treadmill as time goes so slow when he is running on one. I thought I would share my tip with you but first you have to watch this little clip about the difference between men and women's brains....go ahead, I will wait.
Men and Women's brains
So that is my secret, after living in a house of all men I have discovered my 'nothing box'. The 'nothing box' is really quite useful, I wish I had discovered it earlier in my life. Men's ability to zone out and complete seeming mindless tasks for hours on end is a valuable skill and it's no wonder they did not wish to share it with us women. The trick to running for hours on a treadmill is to discover your 'nothing box'. Now I do still have a women's brain so my nothing box is not totally empty but it allows me to be physically in one place and my mind to be in another. I focus on my music, I think through work or other problems, I re-write movies I did not like, I do random silly stuff but I do not focus on my running. Sometime I forget to take my walk breaks I am so far into my 'nothing box' but I have gotten pretty good at going there for 10 mins at a time.
So that is my secret, I know it seems silly but the way I get through my LSD's is to not focus on what I am doing, to go on auto-pilot and just do it. I also use my 'nothing box' when I am swimming endless laps or cycling endless km's on a spin bike (do not go there on a real bike, it will not end well). All I can say is ...try it, you might like it.