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I also agree. Put it away and forget it. Think about other things. Like the outdoors around you. Gardens, lights, anything. I like to make my mental notes of things I need to pick up at the grocery store, chores or think of a movie or book I may have just watched/ read. Lol, anything to get my mind off of how much time is left!!

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Completely agree! I'm on a treadmill bc my lungs can't take running in the cold... So music is my main source to aimlessly start thinking about everything other than running... I find if I throw my towel over the treadmill display, the run goes by a lot quicker! Just started couch to 5k after a long break after having my daughter!

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TOTALLY Agree! Coverup the treadmill display. I run with music and I also time my gym visits with a TV show that I enjoy watching. The gym I go to has individual TV's at each treadmill, so I can watch whatever. I turn on the closed caption and time goes by faster when I have music and the show distracting me

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I use spotlify when I am running and they have this really cool thing where you can choose a genre of music & they pick music for you depending on your pace of running! It's brilliant for running because the beat matches your pace and you never know what song is coming next :) makes running much more fun & enjoyable and you don't have to be constantly changing tracks to get one for your pace.

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I am in complete agreement with this and would advise anyone to follow this advice! Running is very much a mind over matter, the more obstacles you put in your way, the harder it will be. I would add that instead of wondering about the time, replace those thoughts with positive mantras...."you're doing it!" "You got this!" " I will not give up!"

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I guess I am odd one here... I am numbers person, on the treadmill I am very busy with questions: how many steps I am doing per minute; how much time I took to get 0.5 mile; what part of mile I can finish with 1000 steps; etc...

But you are right, the time is running much slower when you watching it,

 

PS. Just finish week 6 of the C25K with ease, but my pace is slow for now. I want to be sure that I can finish the course. After that I  will work on the speed for a month or two.

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I found myself constantly checking my phone - certainly more than I would like.  I was especially guilty when I was upping the amount of running time.

 

What worked for me might seem counter-intuitive.  I bought an Apple Watch last November.  I wanted to be able to start and stop sessions more easily, especially since I was going to be in races starting in January.

 

Well, now that I've run the long runs, I find myself checking the watch less.  Of course, I have Runkeeper (and, before that I had MapMyRun+) giving me updates in my ear every half-mile.  Those updates seem to satisfy most of my "need to know" when I've been doing my 4/1 intervals these past couple of weeks (4:00 jogging, 1:00 walking).  When I was on the longer sessions or in a race, I didn't much care about checking the watch at all because of the half-mile updates.

 

But I *will* say that, if it wasn't for the music, I don't know that I could do this.  Even now, when a song comes on, I might mentally think (if it's a long one) "Ok, this one is long enough that I'll get the break AND the whole next jog interval in it" or something like that.  Just the way my brain works, I guess.

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