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How to Beat Boredom When Running

Don't Hate Running: 7 Ways to Beat Boredom

You have a love/hate relationship with running, but lately it's more on the hate side — repetition is breeding some serious ennui. If boredom is standing between you and a good run, here are some ways to spice up the affair so you're psyched to lace up your sneaks.

  1. Save your beloved tunes: You know how pumped you get when listening to a new song or your favorite CD? That's the kind of excitement you want on your runs, so have a list of favorite tunes or new ones that you reserve strictly for running playlists. The only way you can listen to them is if your feet are a-runnin'.
  2. Run a new route each time: If you're an outdoorsy runner, finding the perfect three-mile loop can be tough, so when you do, it's tempting to stick to it. Looking at the same houses and trees all the time is boring? Mix up your routes each time you run, or run your route backwards.
  3. Download an audiobook: Keep your attention with a captivating plot or saucy characters by listening to a novel while pounding the pavement. You'll be so distracted with who's zooming who, you won't want to stop running.

Keep reading for more tips on how to beat boredom when running.

  1. Mix up your pace: A steady pace is easy to track, but it's repetitive and almost meditative. That's good for some runs, but not if you're having issues with boredom. Mix up your speed, adding bursts of sprinting intervals to keep your mind alert and to target belly fat.
  2. Record your fave TV shows: A half hour flies by on the couch when watching Christina Applegate's new show, Up All Night, so make that time fly on the treadmill. You can record your fave TV shows to watch at home if you have a treadmill or elliptical, or watch them on your iPad at the gym.
  3. Hit the trails: If you're feeling overly familiar with the treadmill or sidewalk, head to the woods to seriously mix up your terrain. Dodging low branches, skipping over rocks and roots, and leaping over holes will keep you on your toes, so you won't have time to get bored.
  4. Track your progress: Knowing how many calories you've burned during your run or how many miles you've covered is the ultimate motivation for some and is definitely a way to keep you going longer. Check out these running apps to help you track your runs. Aside from keeping you pumped during your run, it also motivates you to get out again so you can beat your previous stats.

How do you enliven your running routine?

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kclulu kclulu 5 years
I have been a runner for about 8 years now, but I go through phases. I run marathons, half marathons and other races to help keep me motivated but sometimes after a race is over I just don't feel like running anymore and I am just runned out. Instead of forcing myself to run though, I take up another activity like biking or swimming to stay in shape cardiovascularly but give me a break from running for a short period of time. I find this is not only good for my body but good for my mind too. Inevitably after a few weeks the itch to run will come back and I will start running consistently again. Aside from that though, new music always helps pysch me up or a new course is usually my go to motivator. Audiobooks can be great too but if you cant get into the book, it feels more like torture. I also like Galloway method of taking walk breaks throughout the run. For me it helps me go further and makes a long run less daunting because you break the run up. Instead of thinking I have to run 10 more miles, I think I just have to go 8 more minutes and then I can walk for a minute. Works well for me!
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