Make Running The Most Fun Part of Your Day
I wouldn’t call myself a runner. For the most part, I try to avoid it as an element of my exercise routine altogether. But running is undeniably one of the best forms of cardio we do, so every once in a while I do have to suck it up and go on a jog. I wish I could be like my boyfriend who literally loves his runs. He goes on “short” 3 milers or strenuous 10 milers, and enjoys them all the same. I stare at people who look forward to their early morning jog before work with a sense of awe. How can they really like it? To me running equals pain. I force myself to do it and can’t wait until it’s done. But I know it doesn’t have to be that way. I looked for some tips on the internet to make my running a fun part of my week instead of dreading the day. Hopefully these will help all of us running non-runners out there.
It’s ok to take a break
It turns out stopping to walk a little during your run is actually beneficial both mentally and physically. Taking small walk breaks can help you maintain your pace as well as make your mile or two mentally more achievable.
Mind over matter
When you are getting ready to go on your run, instead of thinking about how much it is going to hurt, think about that one time you had the best run of your life. Even I have had one of those. This will help you get motivated and hopefully enhance your running experience.
Make it a game
You can get that cardio in your workout by other means than just straight up running. Join a running-heavy sports team like soccer, basketball or football. You will be getting your heart rate going as much as you would by running your milage and you won’t be thinking about it so much.
Find a running buddy
Running is such a mental activity, sometimes it is easier done when you are out of your head. Find a friend to do your runs with. Not only will it keep you on track when you know you have a date to keep, but having someone to talk to during your jog makes the time wiz by.
Playlists are everything
Make a playlist particularly for your run. Not only is the music a great distraction, but it will help you track where you are in your run. You know when you get to that Drake song you are at the final stretch so you can really go for a strong finish.