Even if you love running, the luster wears off sometimes. It’s an effort to get out there. You put workouts off. You cut runs short.
There are some easy, foolproof ways to be itching for your next run again!
One of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your run is to tackle a new route.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to run the same routes day in, day out. I know the distances, I can run them from home, and it’s mindless. They’re also boring, the views are non-existent, and I have to stop for a lot of lights.
Last week I took Harold for a hair cut…
While he was getting coiffed, I went for a nice run. It’s a route I rarely do. My views are of the river on one side and gorgeous character homes on the other. I don’t have to stop for traffic lights, and there aren’t many vehicles.
Ahhh…the near perfect change of pace run.
Some other ways to rejuvenate your run:
- Run at a different time of day. If you always run in the morning, run at night and clear your head from the day.
- Run on a different surface. Depending on where you typically run try trails, a track, the treadmill, sidewalks, grassy fields, or the beach (if you’re lucky enough to live near one).
- Switch up who you run with. Run with a partner or group, or alone if you’re usually with people.
- Go naked. And I’m not talking about clothing optional races, although that may be what you need to get your <ahem> mojo back. Run without a watch, GPS, or music.
- If you don’t have many options due to time constraints or safety, run your usual route backwards.
- Make it fun. Go fast every time you see a green car. Speed up every three lampposts.
- Have kids (or a dog)? Take them along and let them set the pace. (Barring you can keep up. I know Harold can run way faster than me!)
We run because we love it. Next time you’re in a slump, try one of these tips.
What do you do when you’re feeling the running blahs?