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Working Through the Boredom When Running

I will easily admit that sometimes when running, I get bored. The scenery is all too familiar. The play list on my iPod is stale. The thoughts about stopping the repetitive motion of my running legs is ever so prevalent in my mind. It is these times that I direct my mind towards my body, after all the health of my body is the reason I'm running, right?


First, I pay attention to my feet. I tend to put too much pressure on the insides of my feet (pronation), so I make sure that when my feet strike the ground I am putting pressure on the outside of each foot.

Then I make sure my feet, and my hands are relaxed. I had a running coach way back when tell me to keep them both relaxed.

Moving up my body, I make sure my torso is over my pelvis and that I am not leaning forward. I think of my pelvis driving me forward, instead of my leg - this makes my hamstrings and glutes kick in. Yay!!!!

Then I check in with my shoulders and think about relaxing my shoulder blades down my back. This helps keep my arm motion simple and aerodynamic.

Last, I make sure I am not tensing my jaw. Occasionally, I will do a raspberry with my lips to help remove tension from my clenched jaw.

This body scan keeps my mind occupied, and I forget that I was feeling bored. Instead, I easily focus on just feel how great it is to run.

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Betteroff Betteroff 10 years
My hands dont get numb but my arms get tired cos holding them at the sides is kinda a conscious action. Any tips on how to run long distances? :D
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 10 years
For some reason when i run i get a really sore jaw. Its weird cuz its not like im running with my mouth! But i think the raspberry thing might help. Thanks Fit :D :D
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
when i run sometimes my hands get numb...anyone else? :(
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Fit, this is great, I ALWAYS get bored when I run. I love the raspberries tip, I know it will work, plus it's fun!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I run with a friend if I can. Or run on the treadmill at home (when it's too cold out) and watch old re-runs of Sex in the City.....
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Yeah these are great! When I was in x-country they used to yell at us about keeping our face/arms relaxed. Also, if you get those sharp pains in your side, it helps to take a deep inhale, then exhale as hard as you can through your mouth, slowly :) Always works for me.
tra tra 10 years
Great tips Fit!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I just started running so I am not really bored yet. Just trying to breathe and keep moving.
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