Has this summer brought you a running funk? I think we all fall into them. Day after day and week after week of running becomes a routine and suddenly, the running mojo is gone. I like to be excited about running, and after a handful of injuries I don’t ever want to take it for granted.
If you’re feeling like you need a boost and want to be totally excited about running again, here are some of my tips:
1. Find a new route. As I mentioned last week, I’m a creature of habit and tend to stay close to home, running the same routes over and over. Branching out and checking out the Rails to Trails path last week was so refreshing. Or when my friends and I tried trail running for the first time at the beginning of July. When I travel, one of my favorite things to do is check out the area with my two feet. I am visiting the Finger Lakes later this month, and I can’t wait to go running there.
2. Ask for company. I almost always run by myself, but in the past few weeks, I’ve found myself running with friends. The miles go so much faster when you have someone to talk to, and it’s such a great distraction. Plus, when you find yourself trying to drink water from a public restroom sink because you are so thirsty, it’s good to have company.
3. Make a new playlist. I am constantly creating new playlists. I especially love to add songs that were my favorites in high school and college. It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane. Fair warning: Most of the time, they aren’t nearly as good as you remember. Even “Get Low.”
4. Take a break. I was forced to take a break at the end of July when I was sidelined with a nasty infection. Yes, it sucked, but let me tell you, that first run back was slow as molasses, but wonderful. A small break reminded me to not take running for granted, and be grateful to have a working, healthy body.
5. Mix it up. As an aforementioned creature of habit, I was stuck in a rut. I was constantly doing the same workouts day each week. However, I added in some variety. Running in the morning, instead of at lunch. Running to and from places and taking the scenic route instead of driving. My current favorite workout is to run a few miles, go to a Body Pump class at the Y, and run home.
6. Sign up for a race. I’ve found myself creeping on race websites lately, and I’m getting really pumped to return to the racing atmosphere. I’m not in the shape I once was, but suddenly I don’t really care. Setting goals is a great motivator. And sometimes, I spend mile after mile visualizing crossing those finish lines. Even if its not with a PR.
What do you do when you’re in a running rut?