Running is a great way to exercise, a nice way to relieve some stress, and in general just a great way to get out of the house and experience nature.
For most of us, though, running can and does get boring and monotonous sometimes. When this happens, it can be hard to keep up the motivation to wake up every day and keep running. This is especially difficult when you run the same route every day.
If this is you, here are four different types of routes you can run to shake up your run routine:
If you’re lucky enough to live by mountains, chances are you have some hiking trails nearby. This is a great way to change up your run routine. Running trails is not only a great workout, but it is a great way to get away from the city landscape and away from all the noise and other types of pollution.
Running downtown is going to be a lot different than running on hiking trails, but it can be a change of pace that could invigorate your running. There is no shortage of things to see and people to watch as you dodge cars, cyclists, and other obstacles.
If you are tired of running the same route over and over, and are looking to build up your endurance, you should consider doing hill repeats. What are hill repeats you ask? It entails first finding your favorite toughest hill that is a couple hundred yards long. Then you take a set amount of time and run up the same hill over and over again. Run up the hill hard and then jog down. Take a quick rest and do it over again five to ten times. It’ll wear you out.
While your local high school track isn’t going to provide much in the way of scenery, it will provide a great workout if you know how to use it. A track is great way to do run sprints, which will help you get faster overall, since you can really get faster unless you run faster.
Whatever route you choose, don’t let your daily run get boring and monotonous. Shake it up one of these routes and you’ll enjoy your running for a long time.