I keep looking into buying a treadmill http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/ have some great deals, a chap at work has recently bought one for £600 on interest free credit, (£20/month) and raves about it.
BUT - I have a gym membership at PureGym that is £16.99/month for life and 15 minutes walk from my house. £600 is 3 years of gym membership at that price.
There's lots of cheap 24-hour gyms around at the moment, PureGym, EasyGym, TheGym etc... Probably a much better option
r.e. Switching off.... I was at the gym this morning doing my normal 30-minute treadmill session after a weights workout and was very "switched-off" and daydreaming about random stuff when this thread popped into my head!
That got me thinking... I've done quite a lot of boring, flat long distance running, e.g. 50k on a treadmill, a track marathon, flat-ish looped 24-hour events. I wonder if that sort of experience helps with the disassociation.
I know a lot of people would say they'd rather swallow razor blades than run on a treadmill, or do a track marathon - but maybe the diversity and experience is worth it?
Just a thought
And r.e. thinking you can't finish a race, that's actually a motivator for me! I like to push my boundaries a bit. My "feature races" take me out of my comfort zone into a place where I'm not sure if I've bitten off more than I can chew. It's almost exactly the opposite - if I go into a race "knowing" I can finish it, then complacency becomes apathy and that's a downward spiral when things get tough...
I can only "switch off" on non-technical, flattish terrain. It's just about being in the moment and focusing on something other than the effort/pain and how much further you have to go. Once that happens I'll zone-out a bit and start daydreaming, generally I need a trigger to initiate this - such as counting. When it happens it's great, I think people call it "Flow" - when everything just works smoothly and efficiently.
Counting is as simple as counting on each footfall from 1 to a number and repeating, I'll never go much further than 10 before starting again. Paula Radcliffe famously uses the same technique.
Music doesn't work for me because it's not repetitive enough - a single song on loop might work, but I've never tried it.