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How to Put the Fun in Running

I love to run, but sometimes my cardio workout can seem more like a chore than a choice. There are just days when I don't want to lace up my sneakers. Feeling like your routine is getting monotonous isn't a good reason to skip out — here are a few ways you can make sure your regular run isn't boring.

Find a new route: Here's a no-brainer — if you're feeling like you can't spend another day on the same trail, it's time to find a new one. Running apps make this task easy; one of the best is MapMyRun (free; available on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry), which allows you to search popular routes near you. Check out more of our favorite running apps here.

Choose your music carefully: The wrong music can put a damper on your workout, so make sure you're loaded up with enough heart-pumping songs to get you moving. Check out our list of playlists for runners (including this 35-minute one that's perfect for running intervals) to load up on your phone's Spotify app.

Reward yourself: There's nothing wrong with a little healthy incentive, so if you're dragging your feet, make yourself a deal: a fancy cup of coffee postrun or couch time with your favorite TV show at the finish line.

Track your progress: Knowing how much you've improved as a runner can sometimes be all the incentive you need to power through your run. Most smartphone running apps collect your data to track your progress online; if you're ready to invest in a fitness tracker, here are five fitness trackers to try.

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jlsander07 jlsander07 3 years
Instead of heading out with a new route in mind, just strap your tracker on and do go where the wind blows you. You can go much further because you're not thinking about how far you're going but where your next turn is going to be. I love doing that. Plus you get to explore the area you live a little deeper.
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