Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What You Need To Make Your Run Fun

Everyone has certain things in life that they love to do, that bring them joy, that they are passionate about. Everyone has had something that they have done and just thought to themselves "that was fun" but it's maybe not something that would be fun for other people.

I don't know what it was about this morning's run but it was a really fun one. Does anyone else have that happen sometimes?  Most runners who have been running for a long time know that sometimes there are runs that are just fun, but if you're thinking "I've never had a run feel fun..." then this post is for you!

Today I'm going to share with you, some ideas of how to make running fun for you if this is something you wish enjoyed more.  Here are a few things you need to have to make your run fun.

  • A favorite running outfit. Something comfortable. You can't have fun if you're not comfortable. Favorite shoes too. For me, this means a tank top and my favorite compression shorts. 

  • An easy pace. Running hard runs are fun in a different way (because they are challenging and it's fun to see where you are compared to where you used to be). But most other fun runs, at least for me, are easy paced where I don't worry about how fast I'm going and I can just enjoy moving and giving myself some me time. It is the only time of the day that I focus completely on me. 
  • A good playlist. Something with a good beat. Something you can sing along to. Here are some of my favorites lately:

    - Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
    - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    - Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    - Counting Stars - One Republic

  • A good attitude. Yes, running can change your mindset and your mood. But I find that most of my fun runs start when I have a happy attitude, to begin with.  I'm doing it because I want to do it, not because it's on my training, not because I'm working towards a race, not because my coach told me to etc... I genuinely want to run. (Which isn't abnormal for me).
  • This is optional but encouraged: A running buddy. It's so much fun to run with a friend to talk to and take your mind off of the run. It's also a great way to get closer to your running buddy. Running buddies have a bond like no other friendship does.
  • This is also optional: A fun route. If I'm running outside I always like to pick my favorite route to run for these occasions also fun to find a new route to take.  But lately, I'm on the treadmill since it's getting colder outside.
I hope that these tips will help you to enjoy your run more and more.  Having a fun run can help you feel so positive and relaxed afterward.  It's ok to take a break from your training cycle once in a while and do a run that sounds fun to you.  Fun runs can also help you get through a running slump or a burnout. Sometimes all you need to turn your day around is to get in a nice fun run.

What makes running fun for you?

What are your favorite running songs?

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