How to Have Fun on Your Run
Running is enjoyable the majority of the time. As runners, we crave the famed runner’s high. Our bodies and minds cannot wait to pound the pavement after work or school. However, there are instances when running sounds miserable. Maybe, it is because you recently increased your mileage, had a long day at work, or just feel sluggish. Nevertheless, a lack of motivation does not trump your health and exercise; you still need to log those miles. Here are five ideas to help you have fun on your run even on those days you do not want to lace up your running shoes.
Listen to Podcasts or Audiobooks
When you have a lack of motivation, running a single mile can seem never-ending. One minute feels like ten. On days like these, it is sensible to keep your mind occupied. You must find a way to help the seemingly prolonged miles pass by swifter. Sometimes, music does not cut it. Instead, listen to a Podcast or Audiobook. There are plenty of Podcasts to suit every interest. Plus, Podcasts are decent in length, usually 30-45 minutes long. I guarantee that listening to a Podcast will make the miles fly by and will help you enjoy those undesired runs. If Podcasts do not seem likable, opt for an Audiobook. It will provide the same type of mental amusement as a Podcast, and you will get to listen to the books you have been itching to read. Choose a high-intensity Audiobook like The Hunger Games or The Girl on the Train. An upbeat book will increase your pace. As an extra tip, only listen to the Audiobook when you are running. It will provide an initiative to run. You could end running an extra mile just to keep listening!
Change Your Route
Running the same trail, road, or loop over and over every day is bound to decrease your motivation and heighten your boredom. Change up your route. Choose a different trail, jogging path, or street when running. If you do not have another location to utilize, run your usual route backward. New scenery can enhance your running motivation and allow you to enjoy your dreaded run. Along with this, changing your route is also a wise decision when considering safety. Running the same route routinely can lead to safety issues. It gives people a clue of your schedule. Therefore, modifying your running route regularly does not allow strangers to identify where you will be in the future.
Join a Running Club
Running solo is great. Most of us do not get alone time very often. However when you lack motivation, running with others can provide a new sense of enthusiasm, so join a running club. You will meet avid runners; maybe, you will even create lifelong friendships along the way. You will learn new running tips and have an increased initiative to run faster and farther. Most running clubs meet two to three times a week. This type of flexible schedule makes running clubs a perfect fit for those who need an extra ounce of encouragement but also, long for their solo runs.
Bring Along Your Pup
Like I stated above, running unaccompanied is marvelous, but sometimes, you need an extra nudge to get out the door. Allowing your dog to accompany you on a run is the perfect medium between running solo and running with other people. You will have that sense of companionship by your side, but you will not have to entertain another person. You can still enjoy the run as if it is an individual one. Running with your dog is also gratifying; it keeps you engaged and can provide a sense of security. On those days you do not want to hit the pavement, your pup will glance up at you with those puppy-dog eyes that you cannot resist. It is almost as if he is saying, “We are not skipping our run today!”
Run with a Friend
On the days you cannot seem to find motivation, call up a friend. Chat and catch up while getting in a valuable workout. If you have not seen your friend in a while, it is a bonus plus; there will be more to talk about. Having a friend by your side will get you through your miles in a blink-of-an-eye and entertain you on those cringe-worthy runs. With the accompany of a good friend, your run is sure to be fun.