"Mind. Body. Environment. Switch around the variables however you want, but if these three can't be synced somewhat successfully, you're likely fighting a losing battle."
I agree, Craig, but I would not necessarily assign them equal weight. IMO, if you master the mental aspect the body will respond, as it has for millenia. That is how people stayed alive in very challenging circumstances. It is in our genes. Same goes for the environment, again IMO. My personal feeling is that environment is the least critical piece of the puzzle, at least, IME. When I was still running, I never let environmental obstacles, be they physical, other people, work schedules, whatever, stand in the way. At times that proved very challenging, but there was always a way to circumvent them, simply because I had the mental determination to do so. Nor do I feel I am unique in that regard. I have known many others who responded the same way to environmental obstacles. In your case, based on what I know or think I know of you, I am relatively certain that the answer to your environmental situation lies squarely between your ears, and I'm betting you won't prove me wrong. I'll look forward to a post in the not too distant future that you have nailed that sub 3:30. ;=)