5 Ways to Make Running Fun

What’s Included?

  • When & Why Running ISN’T Fun Anymore
  • 5 Tips for Making Running MORE Fun

When & why Running is NOT Fun…

Let’s be honest… running ISN’T always fun. You won’t ALWAYS feel excited to start your run, you won’t ALWAYS have something new or fun around the corner, and you won’t ALWAYS want to show up for another easy run, another long run, another speed workout. Running is repetitive – and it’s HARD work.

Sometimes running may be the very last thing we want to do – especially in today’s busy world. Oftentimes starting is the hardest part – sometimes it’s simply the idea of running, the idea of having to put the effort in when you feel that you’ve got none to give, that makes you simply want to crawl onto the couch & curl up with some Netflix instead.

So, what should you do when running just doesn’t feel enticing anymore? What do you do once the newness of a goal or the excitement of a recent race or accomplishment fades away? How do you keep running FUN?


5 Tips for Making Running MORE Fun

1.) GOAL SETTING:

Setting and accomplishing small, measurable, and realistic goals can boost your dopamine (AKA your enjoyment & FUN) & increase the odds that you’ll stick with something long-term. Start by setting weekly or daily goals & keep track of them by physically recording your progress as you accomplish them. Don’t be afraid to celebrate reaching them either!

2.) GET OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE:

Getting outside your comfort zone and trying something NEW with your running can seem intimidating at first – but trust me, you’ll be glad you did. That feeling of accomplishment, pride, and novelty when you do something hard can be a huge source of joy and fun. Whether it’s a new type of terrain (like a trail race), a new type of race distance, a new style of racing (like a color run or mud run), or even just a new route!

3.) GET SOME NEW GEAR & GADGETS:

Getting some new gear can really give you a boost of confidence and joy especially if you FEEL good in it. Check out some new shoes, a new outfit, or even just a comfy new pair of socks & see how it feels. Another strategy is to upgrade your technology – a new watch with some new capabilities and analytics can be a great way to reengage in your running journey and progress!

4.) TRY A NEW GYM OR WORKOUT:

Running can be repetitive – especially if you’re doing a lot of it. Trying out a new location, a new gym, or a new workout OUTSIDE of running can be an awesome way to add some variety and fun! Try some new cross- training, a new strength workout, or a new group class – you might even find that it really pays off in your running progress!

5.) SHARE THE JOURNEY WITH OTHERS:

Running is a solo sport – but running and sharing your journey with OTHERS (whether virtually or in person) can help you to stay accountable, stay motivated, and stay inspired with your journey. Whether you join an online group, share more of your runs on a social platform, or join in on an in-person meet-up – get out there and have some FUN with your running!

Amy Haas
Run with Aim, LLC
UESCA Certified Running Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

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