While I don’t consider myself a great runner, or a long distance one, running is an activity I enjoy throughout the year. I greet the pavement at least three days per week after my Kettlebell workout.
Here are some tips that will help make your miles less tedious, and perhaps even enjoyable!
Even the vastest select of songs gets stale after a while. An audiobook will keep your mind entertained and engaged. Here are some of my favs-
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- There was a little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields
- Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Just Kids by Patti Smith
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Dropped Names by Frank Langella
- Revolution by Russell Brand
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Make it Count
When you begin to tire or get bored, it’s helpful to give a numerical countdown to the distance that remains or to the section you’re traversing. For example, when completing the last quarter mile, you could count down from a number such as 40, to 39, 38, 37 and so on, for every other breath exhaled. This approach is also helpful when ascending hills or other challenges. Counting up or down lets you focus on finite numbers instead of letting your mind focus on the distance ahead.
Run Without Feedback
Most everyone runs with some sort of fitness app. Try going at it without the feedback once in while, just for the joy of moving on your own.
Treat Yourself to New Shoes
Running shoes wear out before you know it, potentially creating shin discomfort, sore arches or achy knees. Most between 300 to 400 miles, be sure to replace them long before you reach these milestones.
Feed Off Others
When you need a little push, trail someone who’s a just bit faster than you, whether a guy or a gal and remind myself “if they can do it, I can too!” You’ll find your pace will pick up, surprise! You have it in you!
Think it Through
Zoning out is part of the relaxed approach that casual runners enjoy. Letting your mind wonder to a project you’ve wanted to start or complete can enhance this element. Think through the details – what needs to be done, by when and how? Great creativity can be accessed while exercising.