The neurobiology and psychology that connect summer vacation with your morning run


8 Responses to “The neurobiology and psychology that connect summer vacation with your morning run”

  1. Marja Erwin says:

    “Ever notice how it seems to take forever to travel a new route on your bike, while the return trip along the same path is done in the blink of an eye?”

    My experience has always been the reverse.

    • Mitch_M says:

      I know a five mile ride on a street full of angry motorists is twice as long as a five mile ride on a quiet path.

  2. rocketjam says:

    I’d much rather run a new place than the same places I usually run. Boredom with the familiar tends to make my runs seem longer. And I find a treadmill almost unbearable. So yeah, almost exactly opposite of Maggie.

  3. Boundegar says:

    One of the characters in Catch-22 had the opposite theory: boredom makes time drag, thus he extended his lifespan by avoiding anything new or interesting.

  4. I also find this counterintuitive. For me the sensory input of running outdoors makes the time bearable, whereas being indoors on a dreadmill is many times as difficult.

    The same is true for my preferred sport, speed skating. Doing laps in a warehouse is deadening, but tearing up a poor, defenseless city is exhilarating. And the easiest place of all to skate for hours on end? Dancing with the taxis in Manhattan.

  5. niktemadur says:

    Guess I’m all backwards, I prefer to walk (bad left knee, off-road motorcycle crash many years ago), prefer Spring and Fall when it’s not so hot and the sun doesn’t set so early yet, prefer evenings to mornings (and if the moon’s out, sometimes at night).

    My walks are fairly routine and I’ve yet to get bored, but then again I park in my local Oceanographic Institute and take the seaside trail, with TuneInRadio, usually KCRW or KEXP on the headphones.  Beautiful!

  6. Reading Boing Boing has ‘lengthened’ my life.


  7. benenglish says:

    There definitely something like this at play when it comes to exercise.   I’m seriously out of shape but have lost a lot of weight lately by riding an exercise bike (and eating better).  I’m physically unable to do more than 15 or 20 minutes on the bike by itself.  My mind is filled with how much I hate this, how much it hurts, and how tired I’m getting.  After 20 low-intensity minutes, I’m sure I’ve been on the bike for 2 hours.

    To succeed, I have to take my mind completely out of the equation.  I distract it.  I put on a series of porn clips (yes, I’m serious) and play them on a video screen right in front of me.  I don’t look at the timer on the bike.  I just ride for as long as the clips run.  I use short clips with mixed running times.  It’s easy to set up the number of clips and their running times to a set goal number of minutes in the media player playlist.

    Via this method, my mind takes no notice of the fact that my body is working.  I can now blast through 35 minutes of hard pedaling and be drenched in sweat when the porn compilation ends and I go “What?  It’s over?  That wasn’t so bad.”

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