Newbie runners, or even runners who run weekly as a hobby, may reach a point where they’re annoyed with running because they’re simply not enjoying it. Running typically requires you to stretch for several minutes, run for about 30 minutes or more, and stretch again afterwards. Running can be as fun as you make it, but there can be a myriad of issues that can turn running into a not so fun activity. However, here are six ways to get out of that running slump and enjoy it again.
1. Amazing Playlist
An awesome music playlist has many benefits aside from keeping you entertained. Adding some upbeat tunes will keep your ears at attention, helping you stay on track. A few genres to choose from would be Pop, Rock, and Electro music to name a few.
You should also consider compiling some of your most favorite songs that you like and know the words to. When I’m on the treadmill and bored with some of the newer songs I have, I switch to playing songs I know the words to; I usually sing along no matter the mood I’m in.
2. Comfortable Footwear and Sportswear
A good pair of comfortable running sneakers goes a long way. It’s recommended that you change your running shoes every six months or when you reach 300-400 miles. It truly depends on the condition of the shoe itself. If you’re only using your sneakers for running, it should last longer. Also, if your sneakers don’t feel as comfy as they were when you first began wearing them, then it’s a good time to think about buying a new pair, or rotating pairs. Wearing tight or worn out sneakers can hamper your running ability and may even cause injury. See here for tips on workout apparel.
Find a place where you’ll be comfortable to run. Would you feel comfortable on a treadmill at a gym? The benefits of this is that you can gradually increase and decrease your running speed, testing yourself to see what pace you run best at. This may be ideal for new runners. If you don’t have access to a treadmill, find a location (park, path, your street) where you’d feel comfortable running near.
4. Daily and Consistent Stretching
Stretching daily exercises your muscles and helps prevent injury, particularly for strenuous activities like running. Stretching doesn't just aid in avoiding pain, but it will improve your fitness capabilities. You should stretch daily, even on days you don’t plan on going for a run. Key areas to stretch daily are your hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.
5. Running Partner
Having a workout buddy will improve your desire to get out and run more. It can also help boost your motivation to stay active, and having someone to workout with will also keep you company.
6. Start off Slow
Not everyone can run at a certain pace for a long period of time. If you’re a new runner, don’t try to run too fast. If you have to run slow to start with, it’s wise to do so. If you’re out of breath, it’s common for runners to slow down their pace, or even begin walking to catch some air. It’s also important to set small distance goals that you can reach. As you gradually become more efficient in running, you can run longer distances.
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