It is all mental, but that being said I have a BIG mental block about running without music. When I am on the treadmill a TV with closed captioning and something that is mostly entertaining is very important. I still have my earbuds in with music on.
I say this being in the exact same boat (well opposite-ish) I live in New England where the winters make it hard to train outside, and the treadmill becomes my best friend.
I am signed up for my first half coming up in October.
If all else fails I just keep repeating, "Your mind gives up before your legs do"
Going 13.1 miles on the treadmill for half marathon training is very hard. Why? Because it is so easy to just turn it off and quite. Walking/running outside you can turn around and head home, but sometimes that is longer than finishing, or at least fairly long. But it can be done on the treadmill.
I tended to rent a season of a TV show I had seen before, but a very rewatchable series. IE I don't want a new show that I will get too engrossed in, but something I have seen, but love rewatching. And the fact that it is renting a whole season from the library, means you have to watch it in one week, or recheck it out. Means you have a lot to watch. Now I prefer the videos I don't have to keep telling it to play the next video. Sometimes that is hard to do with how the treadmill and tv/vcr/dvd player line up. I have also done music with my ipod shuffle, but for some reason, that doesn't do it as long for me. Or, sometimes I rented long movies that would keep me interested. Hard to find a movie quite that long though, hence the seasons of tv.
Good luck to you, but try and do some outside when you can, as treadmill is so different than outside, and yes, I think doing a half marathon for me wasn't about the physical distance, more about the mind game. Oh, the thoughts I had in my head walking my first and only half marathon. Walked outside last week for a 12 mile walk and oh, the thoughts were similar, but not quite as bad. Calling myself all forms of a crazy woman. I mean, who walks a half marathon? And why?
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
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You could also look for running groups in your area. MeetUp is a good place to find small to mid size FREE groups and once you get to know several runners, you can link up with runners of your pace with similar goals for training runs.
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First of all, congrats on registering for your first half! How exciting! As for training motivation, have you heard of the Zombie Run app? It makes you the main character in an apocalypse story and you have to outrun zombies as the story tells you to. Might keep you entertained!
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Hi All. I just signed up for my first half! I am a little nervous about it but excited at the same time. One of the biggest challenges is having to train through the summer in the Phoenix area. Treadmills and I are barely on speaking terms but out of necessity I am trying to get past that. I am finding the mental game harder than the physical right now although there is a LONG way to go to get to distance. While physically I feel like I can keep on going, mentally I get very done before times/distance is up. TV blabbing in front of me doesn't seem to be doing much good. Might try a audio book. Any other ideas out there?
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