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Keeping Running Exciting!
The number one issue I have with running is boredom.
I. Get. So. Bored.
I know that sounds silly, but it really is the thing I hate most about long runs. I don’t mind the running, but I just get bored. I’m a creature of habit and don’t like new routes, so it’s a lot of the same stuff over and over and over again.
And that gets REALLY boring when you’ve got a 13, 16, or 20-mile training run. Trust me.
I’ve discovered a few things to help keep it interesting and to beat the boredom…
Beat Running Boredom: Audiobooks
I discovered Audible while I was training for my first Marathon. I know a lot of people can’t listen to books when they run – they need the beat of the music – and I thought I was one of those people.
Sure, my running might be slightly slower when I am listening to a book versus gangster rap, but not by anything significant!
I have listened to the entire Harry Potter series, Girl Wash Your Face, My Year of Running Dangerously, a few Liane Moriarty books, The Martain, Girl on the Train… and most recently Ready Player One.
I’ve also blown through some of the more well-known podcasts like Serial (just the first one, not the second one…) and Dirty John.
Not only do these help me bust the boredom, but I straight up to NOT have time to read.? Now, I do.
So I feel more cultured!
Plus – audible is awesome. It’s so awesome that it leads me to my second point…
Beat Running Boredom: “Workout” Runs
When I did my Train Like A Mother Summer Stride program back at the beginning of the summer, they had a few runs where you’d do other stuff too.
Like, run for 3 minutes then stop to do a minute of squats and a minute of lunges, then run for 3 minutes again… lather, rinse, repeat.
I really enjoyed those workouts! Mixed things up and absolutely did not leave me bored.
There are a ton of apps and programs out there to guide you through a run versus just getting up and going – Aaptiv is one of them.
Right now, for Audible users, you can download a few different Aaptiv?programs for FREE to listen to using your Audible account! Disclaimer: I haven’t listened to any of them so they might be lame… but just throwing the option out there!
Keeping my mind on what’s coming up next versus just run/walk intervals helps beat the boredom, for sure.
Beat Running Boredom: Group Runs
I’ve been getting more and more involved with my Moms Run This Town group, and am really looking forward to more training runs with them this fall. Running with someone is a super obvious way to beat the boredom.
I have also started running with my local Team in Training group, as I will be fundraising for them for this year’s Walt Disney World Half Marathon.
I was really hesitant to run with groups in the past because I worried about being too slow or too fast or it being awkward or weird… and it wasn’t. At all.
So if you’re on the fence about heading out for a group run, DO it!
Beat Running Boredom: Virtual Groups & Running Games
This one is my favorite. We all know I love the internet, it’s where my friends live.
It’s also where my running friends live. We travel together for races, but train all over the country!
I’m in a few different groups where we do different activities to keep our training runs fun, and my favorite of these is the scavenger hunts.
One person picks an item and then tags another member of the group for the next item.
This list builds up over the month and when you’re out you’re just looking for random items. It’s proven to be my favorite of all the boredom busters!
Here are a few of my “check in” posts where I show off what I’ve found…
Checked yellow flowers, a statue, and a bike off the list during this mile!
This one was one of my long runs… a trash can, umbrella, body of water, bridge, and Texas star!
This one was my most recent scavenge…? pumpkin, picnic table, train tracks, something football related, flowers, track, and a display of patriotism!
I might still be bored
After all of these, I know I am still going to be bored on occasion, so I am really looking forward to reading about what YOU guys do, too!!
Plus, I don’t want to completely bust all boredom, because then what would I complain about? Haha!
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)