Do you love running, but have lost the love for running?
Are you bored, and need direction?
Want to bring back some excitement to your running?
10 Tips for Overcoming a Running Slump
.1. Set new goals
If you have been running the same routes and distances for a while, it’s no wonder you are bored.
Set yourself some new goals. Whether that is to run a faster 5km, break 1 hour for 10km, complete a half marathon or even enter a trail race. A new goal is a great way to help motivate you.
.2. Run with friends
Having someone to run with can make it more fun and help you to stay motivated.
Find a local running club in your area or ask some friends to join you on your runs.
.3. Try a new challenge
Maybe you want to try running every day. A colour run, or even a relay.
Try running every street in your town or suburb.
You may even want to try, Run Down Under or Run the World
Or maybe a virtual race is more your thing.
.4. Change your running route
We all have routes that are our go-to’s for either time or distance.
Run your route in the opposite direction, or choose a new starting point. Even hopping in your car, and driving to a new location is all the motivation you need.
You’ll be surprised at how something as small as a different starting location can change the way you see that route.
.5. Listen to Music
Or a podcast or an audiobook. This can help you to stay motivated and make your runs more enjoyable.
If you always listen to the same thing, maybe it’s time to try a run with no music. Learn to listen to your surroundings and your own self-thoughts. You might be surprised or what you are capable of without a tool to distract you.
.6. Get new gear
There is nothing like new pair of running or a cool shirt that can help you get excited about running again.
.7. Run in different weather conditions
With the right gear, you can run in any condition. Running in the rain, snow or heat can bring its own challenges, but it can also be fun. It is a great way to test your limits and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Training in all different weather conditions also means that when it comes to race day you will be ready for anything.
.8. Run for a cause
Running for a cause can give you a sense of purpose and make your runs more meaningful. There are lots of different charities that you can run for, such as the Run Against Violence, The May 50k, and Fred’s Big Run.
.9. Take a break from running
If you are feeling burned out, it’s okay to take a break from running.
Give your mind and body a chance to rest and recharge.
It’s ok to give yourself a break. Take the time to try something new, like swimming or cycling. Maybe hit the gym, take a yoga class, or try something completely new like stand-up paddleboarding.
.10. Remember why you love running.
When you’re feeling bored or unmotivated, remember why you started.
Remember your why.
When you know your why, you will have a clear sense of what you are working towards. It will help you to stay on track and to make decisions that are aligned with your goals.
Remembering your why will also help you to bounce back from setbacks.
Reframe your mind, and you will find joy once again.
I hope these suggestions help you reignite the joy and happiness of running again!