For even the most dedicated of runners, it is possible that over time running can become a bit stale.
Maybe running becomes a chore that “needs” to be done.
Maybe it’s something that you’re expected to do by others.
There are dozens of reasons running can become stale, but if/when it does, what can be done to make running fun again?
Follow Their Example
Pretty safe to say that they are having fun.
When kids are running, they don’t care about what other people are thinking. They don’t care about what they look like. They don’t care about anything.
They simply are fully present in the moment and are having a blast.
The joy is evident on their faces, and captured quite well in the above photo.
You simply can’t convince me that these kids aren’t having fun.
How We Can Make Running Fun Again
Just as their are many reasons that running can lose its luster, there are many ways that we can make it more fun again.
- Recruit Some Friends to Join Your Team: A team event, like a Ragnar or other relay type event, can make running fun because it’s no longer a solo thing. If you grew up playing team sports, you know how great the camaraderie of the team environment can be, and that is one thing easily lost as a running adult. Even if you normally run with friends, your races are still solo endeavors. Doing a relay event as a member of a team is almost guaranteed to add an element of fun to your running.
- Get a Change of Scenery: One thing that I struggle with is running in the same place day after day. Running the same streets and routes over and over gets old, and sometimes you just need to experience the grass on the other side of the fence to find out if it truly is greener. Whether you go on a legit race-cation, or simply take a road trip to a neighboring town, just running in different locations once in awhile can make your running a lot more fun.
- Go All Out in a Themed Race: If you’re going to participate in a themed race, you might as well go all out! Running in costume isn’t really my thing, but if it’s yours go for it! Don’t worry about your time, just make sure you look the part and have fun!
- Run All Out: I don’t know what it is, but there is something about running as fast as you can that’s just fun! While a handful of all out sprints may not be part of the standard training plan for a lot of longer races, there’s nothing wrong with just getting after it once in awhile. You might be completely beat after just a few minutes, but odds are you’ll also have a smile on your face.
These are just a few of the ways you can change up your running in order to inject a little more variety (and fun) into your running routine.
But there are many others.
What do you do to make running fun when you find yourself in a running rut?
Leave a comment below, and let me know!