31 May '17, 8pm

6 Unique Mental Games to Keep Yourself Entertained During a Long Run

6 Unique Mental Games to Keep Yourself Entertained During a Long Run

How It Works: Create a math problem—say, 624 divided by 12—and work through it in your head. Casey took up this trick while using her Nike+ app. She wanted to know her speed in miles per hour (the app announces speed as an average pace of minutes per mile), so she started tackling those calculations mid-run. They didn’t take up much time, though, so she started creating more complex problems for herself. The tactic proved especially useful during her second half marathon, a drizzly, 45-degree event. “After the first two miserable miles, I started working on long division to distract myself from the rain and the cold,” remembers Casey. “I ended up finishing 23 minutes faster than my first half marathon, which I’d run six weeks earlier.” Why It Works: “In addition to being challenging and engaging my brain on something other than what I’m physically feeling, I visualize the ...

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