A question that both running rookies and seasoned pros might have about the sport is “how do you make your run go faster?” Let’s face it: running can be boring and the time can seem to drag (especially if you’re on a treadmill or long run). So what can be done?
Run with a friend
The go-to answer always seems to be “run with a friend.” It’s easy but true. When you have a buddy with you, the miles pass so much more quickly, whether you are chatting, or saying nothing at all. There’s something that just seems to transcend time when you’re with a person or group. If you can make a group run happen, I highly recommend it.
Listen to a podcast or musical
Playlists can be fabulous motivators, but sometimes, having a bit more of a focus helps make the time pass when you’re running. If you’re on a treadmill, you can watch a movie or binge on shows, but when you’re out and about, switch up the tunes for something a bit more goal-oriented. Try a podcast, or if you must have music, something catchy from Broadway. The hope is that you’ll get so caught up in the story, you won’t notice the time spent laying out your miles.
Do the math
During my first (and only) marathon, I remember running behind a couple, who zinged each other with math problems. At first, I was stunned: weren’t things bad enough? Why did we have to get math involved? But then, I realized, they were keeping their mind off the monotony of the miles ahead of them. Genius! In fact, for as long as I was within earshot, I played along in my head, testing my
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I don’t know about you, but if I’m all alone and left to my own devices, my brain starts going full speed ahead. The bad news: I’m basically talking to myself. The good news? I can mentally organize grocery and to-do lists, give myself pep talks, and even write entire blog posts in my head! So efficient!
Try to catch them all!
Ready for my big running secret? I play Pokemon Go! Yup. It’s a fantastic motivator in that “trainers” earn prizes and rewards for kilometers walked (or run), and I can plan my routes around Pokestops and Gyms, which gives me a little something to brighten an otherwise dreary run. Some days, I just turn on the app and do my thing, but on harder days (or walks), I actively play as I go. It certainly keeps the time moving!
Participate in a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun way to pass time and engage in an entertaining mental exercise.. Your can create your own, or check in with some running groups or other runners who might be able to inspire you. My MRTT/SRTT group sometimes puts out bingo or scavenger hunt lists, and last year, I hopped on board with Judy for this super fun Rainbow Scavenger Hunt adventure.
What tips and tricks do you have to help make your run go faster?