Spice Up Your Run

Everyone has their favorite run that you do over and over again, but no matter how beautiful it is, you eventually get tired of it. Even if you try to alternate between different routes, if you stick with it long enough, everything becomes routine. Here are a few different things you can do to shake things up.runners-373099_1280

Charge the Hills

Yes, I know, you probably would rather avoid hills, but taking them head on can challenge your muscles and give your old routes a break. Finding a large hill to run up as many times as you can is also a great way to get a hard workout in when you don’t have time for a long run.

Get a New Playlist

No matter how rockin’ your workout playlist is, it needs to be updated from time to time. Something as simple as adding a few new songs can give you the extra kick you need when you’re lagging in motivation. If you don’t listen to music when you run, try it sometime. And just because you do have an iPod doesn’t mean you need to take it every time. Try leaving the music behind to just enjoy the sounds of the beautiful world you’re running through.

Interval Training

If you’re more of a recreational runner, you might think that just jogging down the trail at an easy pace is all you need. But mixing in some high speed intervals will give you something to focus on in your run and help the miles fly past. Standard intervals are 30 second sprints followed by 1 minute jogs, but that’s for a pretty intense workout. Try just picking a landmark to sprint to once every mile and you’re boring jog suddenly won’t be so boring.

Focus on Form

Having the correct form is an essential part of running. If you’re a new runner, make sure you know how to run properly. If you’ve been at it for a while, make sure you haven’t gotten lazy with your stride. Having something concrete to focus on will make your run go faster. Not to mention, once you fix your form you’ll find running easier and more enjoyable than it was before.

Engage Your Mind

Instead of listening to the same old music all the time, try downloading a podcast. Pick a topic that interests you and the miles will fly by as you focus on your new lesson. Not only will you be exercising your muscles, you’ll also be stretching your mind. Alternatively, give your brain something to work on. Pick a problem that’s been bothering you and let your body do its things while your brain searches for a solution.

Sign Up For a Race

You might not be interested in racing against other people, but having a goal to work towards will keep you motivated to run. It’s much harder to skip your workouts when you know that you have a 5k next weekend. Not to mention, lots of races raise money for a good cause. Picking one that you support will doubly motivate you.

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6 Responses to “Spice Up Your Run”

  1. Rob
    February 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    I use iTunes radio and pick a song that has a good beat to it as a basis to start the mix. It normally kicks off a good set of songs you haven’t heard in a while and keeps you on your toes as well.

  2. Kyle
    February 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    I race for type 1 diabetes since I’m 14 and have diabetes. It’s hard, but I have to keep on going. And raising money for the cause makes me feel good, and it helps me feel better too. Besides, if I don’t keep in shape my dad gets on me.

  3. Mina
    February 25, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    I’m a geek, I listen to TWIT while I’m running. I get my geek on, and before you know it they are finished gabbing, I’ve got some new tech knowledge, a good book recommendation or two, and I’m done running.

  4. Amy
    February 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    I don’t know how you guys do it. I can’t focus on my run with all that noise in my head. I want silence so I can just run. Hear each step. I’m not faulting you, it’s just not for me.

  5. Mason
    April 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Listening to music definitely helps me run further with the focus off how tired I feel and more on the tempo of the music playing.

  6. Jackson
    April 15, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    The faster the music the faster I run, and can def push myself harder with music playing! I also love interval training, and it helped me increase my fitness level.

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