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Photo: Viktoria Gavrilina (Shutterstock) “The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky.” OK, well, that’s great for Haruki Murakami . For the rest of us, though, the thoughts that occur while running sound more like, “Alright, I’ve been going for about an hour now, oh wait, nope, it’s only been five minutes, OK, well, time for a walk break.” As much as I would love to be a meditative runner , sometimes it takes impressive mental gymnastics to get from one mile to the next. But there’s no reason to let the mere prospect of boredom create a roadblock before you even lace up your shoes—if you need to distract yourself from the fact that you’re running, here are some mind games you can play to make time fly by a little faster. Do some math Hear me out on this one. As much as I hate mental math in most contexts, this trick works both as a way to pass time and as a motivational tool. You can busy your brain by converting miles to minutes, breaking down distance into smaller chunks, or maybe even turning time goals into episodes of TV. “I just have three miles left. That’s one mile, three times. I can do […]