I used to hate running. Hated running workouts. Running for life? Forget it. I never understood why anyone would just run for the fun of it, let alone run for the rest of their life. But then something happened that made me actually want to go out and run.
I realized how much fun running could be. I changed my attitude and that changed my outlook.
Even with that change of attitude, though, there are still times when the alarm goes off at 5:00 in the morning and I struggle to get out of bed for my run. You’ve probably felt the same way. The trick, then, is to figure out how to regain that passion you know you’ve had in the past so you can be running for life.
And while I’m no expert at what will give you back your passion, I do know that there are some things that I’ve done that have helped me enjoy running.
Change Your Route
I didn’t realize how much this could rejuvenate my stale running routine until I visited Oklahoma for my grandma’s funeral. Since I was going to be there for a few days, I decided to take my running shorts and other gear with me so that I could get in a couple of workouts.
And since my grandparents live out in the country, the running route was a change from what I was used to. Instead of running through my neighborhood filled with turns every quarter mile, I ran on a single road that went on for miles.
There was hardly any cars on the road while I ran. I passed farms and crossed railroad tracks. I even met up with a dog who decided to run with me for a couple of miles.
And this change was just what I needed in my run training.
Change Your Run Time
I’m a morning runner. Running in the afternoon seems to be much harder for me. Maybe it’s because I’m already too worn out in the afternoon. Maybe I’m too asleep in the morning to realize what I’m doing. Whatever the reason, though, I’ve found that if I ever get stagnate in my run training, switching the time of the day when I run gets rid of that.
When I run in the afternoon or evening, I notice different things than when I run in the morning. It really does seem like a whole different running for life experience. And the same thing is sure to be true if you do a couple of early morning runs if you are a habitual afternoon runner.
Change Your Playlist
And I don’t mean switching from Garth Brooks to Alan Jackson, or from Blink 182 to One Republic. No, I mean really switch things up. Completely change the type or genre of music you normally listen to when you run.
I can tell that if I listen to the same playlist for too long, I get bored when I run and don’t look forward to it as much. Changing up my music is something simple I like to do to that is easy to implement, doesn’t take a lot of time or planning, but that can still have the desired results.
I’ve even been known to forgo music all together on some of my longer runs and instead listen to a few podcasts. My wife would rather cut off her legs than listen to podcasts while running, but it works for me. Maybe it will work for you.
Change Who You Run With
I’m a solitary runner. I don’t like running with other people and I would rather not commit to run with anyone so that I can keep my own schedule and change it whenever I need to.
However, every once in a while I get the chance to go on a run with a friend, or with my wife and it changes my running experience.
Running with someone else can be an excellent way to stay motivated in your run training and give you that extra push you might need to get you out the door those mornings when you’d rather stay in bed and dream of pop tarts and chocolate milk.
No matter where you are on the running spectrum, whether you’re a beginning runner or one that’s been running your whole life, stay motivated. It took me too long to realize the joy that can come by running. And now that I know and have felt the joys of running for life, I’ll do what it takes to keep that feeling. And I hope you do, too.