When you have fun in your run, it feels like you can keep going for miles. Nothing can derail a run like boredom and lack of motivation, especially as the heat of the summer. So let’s talk about ways to keep the running magic alive, especially as we limp towards fall.
Make It A Scavenger Hunt
When your mind is otherwise occupied, it can make the miles fly by just a little faster. Create your own scavenger hunt or find one on Pinterest or Instagram, to give you a bit of a distraction. If you have a group of running friends, you can even make it a competition: first to find all the items on the list wins! Who doesn’t love a little game?
Create Your Own Running Tour
To put the fun in your run, you have to do fun things! Consider creating your own kind of running tour, where you venture out to run to different coffee shops or donut stops, or even create a route that encompasses public art or historic landmarks. I am so much more motivated when I know I’ve got a great iced coffee and mural for selfies waiting for me!
Theme It Up!
Themes are great and running in theme can be pretty fantastic. Whether at a race or just out in your neighborhood, get yourself matching shirts or put together a fit that represents the day or your mood. It’s a small things that can go a very long way.
Run With Friends
Running with friends is one of the best ways to put fun in your run. Friends give you someone to talk with while logging miles, and someone to support and cheer you on. It’s always wonderful to have someone in your corner.
Plan A Racecation
When all else fails, travel is my answer. Find a race around which you can build a weekend and a goal. It doesn’t have to be far and it doesn’t have to be huge, but it should be exciting and motivating to you. Involve your partner; involve your friends. Get caught up in the excitement and have the best time!
How do you put the fun in your run when things are hard?
Join A Running Group
If you have lack of motivation and access to local running groups, this might be a great solution. Running groups offer accountability, socialization, and support, which might be just the way to inject fun in your run. Even if it’s just once a week, with race meetups, it’s a great option and can help chase away the running blues.
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