Running is awesome, but sometimes it can feel a bit monotonous. Especially with the pandemic happening and a lack of in-person racing to train for and look forward to, I thought it would be good to share some of the ways I’ve been keeping things interesting as far as my running goes.
- Explore new places – I’ve been a fan of CityStrides for quite some time because it encourages me to search out new streets and neighbourhoods to run. Doing the same route in your area can get a bit dull after a while. Sometimes all that’s needed is to head a few blocks over and find some new views to enjoy on your runs. If you have a car, driving to the start of a route can expand your options even more.
- Shoot video or take pictures – Taking a GoPro or your smartphone along with you and thinking about photos or video along the way can add a new dimension to your runs. Looking for those nice shots or interesting spots helps pass the time and forces you to keep your head up and enjoy the world around you. Once back you can post your videos to YouTube or add your photos to your Strava activity.
- Take a podcast along for the run – There are a ton of great podcasts out there no matter what you are interested in. Why not multi-task and get entertained or educated while you are out for your run? All it takes is your smartphone, some Aftershokz, Apple AirPods or wired headphones and a good podcast app. I like Castro on iOS but there’s lots of options including the Spotify app, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.
- Run early or late – There’s something about being up at the crack of dawn to start the day with a run and a sunrise. Similarly, sometimes it’s nice to get out after dark to end the day. Just be sure you are running in areas that are well-lit and safe, and that you are able to be seen by others. You can grab some inexpensive running lights on Amazon for just a few bucks.
- Start a streak or some other game – Running every day for some period of time is a nice way to add an addition challenge to your running. You don’t have to go for a year or even a month. Maybe start with seven days in a row, or even just a few if you normally take days off. You’ll be amazed at how you’ll adapt to daily running. If that’s not your thing, then other challenges like setting weekly or monthly mileage goals or taking part in Strava Challenges can provide that extra bit of motivation to get out there.