Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Make Running More Fun

There are some questions with running that I hear a lot. One of those is "when will running get fun?".  Here's the thing. I run because I truly enjoy it. Sure there are runs that I feel like I don't like running or that I might die, but for the most part, I really do like running. I like what it helps me feel. I like the confidence it gives me, I like having something to work towards...But there are things that make a run more fun for me than others.

When I'm running with a running buddy or two and I get the chance to take it easy and visit while we run.  Running with someone is a great way to get to know them more, or get closer to them. There's just something about running that can bring people together. So when you're looking for a way to make your run more exciting, bring a friend along. You both get a good workout, you will both have way more fun or you'll suffer together and it will bring you closer. Because it brings you closer you'll run together more often and you'll learn to love it :).


When I'm excited to try new running gear, my runs usually feel a little more fun. New shoes, new clothes, new headphones...it doesn't really matter what it is when I have new gear, I love giving it a try and seeing what I love most about it.

When I'm comfortable. Meaning comfortable in my clothes and in the area that I'm running in.  Being comfortable with my pace doesn't always mean a fun run but it does help sometimes.  Nothing is fun when we aren't comfortable. That being said, when we are talking about pace comfort isn't always the best thing. You progress when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, so as far as pace goes, try not to be too comfortable all the time.


When I have a good playlist, my runs are usually a little more exciting and fun. I don't run with music all the time. I like to keep myself aware of my surroundings and I find that sometimes running without music helps me sort through things in my mind easier. But when I do run with music, I have a special playlist just for running because having fun music makes your run more fun.

When I change up my route everything seems a little bit more fun and exciting.  Running the same route over and over can start feeling boring, like being on the treadmill over and over. But when I get out and go a different way or pick a different street to turn on, when I'm seeing new things, when I'm maybe even adding an extra mile on that I wasn't able to before, that's fun for me! It's exciting for me to say that I am able to run that much further than I've run before.


When I start the run out with a good attitude, my run is more fun.  I run through a lot of different emotions.  Running definitely helps brighten my mood. It helps me feel calm after feeling stressed or worried or angry. But when I start out my run happy, the run is usually a fun run and I usually come home even happier.

The thing with running is that it's not for everyone. But give it a try! Try to make it fun for you. And if after a month or so it's still not fun for you, that's ok! Find what does make you happy, what is fun for you and go with it.

What type of workout do you think is the most fun?

What makes running fun for you?

13 comments:

  1. I agree that a good playlist and new running gear tends to make running more fun. For me, I usually have the most fun when I run a local race too.

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  2. New gear definitely makes running more fun. Especially heading out for a run in a new pair of kicks! I also love a great new playlist to get me grooving as I run!

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  3. I'm all about changing it up and working out with music! I know, too, when the weather is "perfect" I tend to think that running is fun. The thing is, it will never always be fun. If you want to run and you want to push yourself and you love how it makes you feel and what you can accomplish then you can find it fun. reframing really helps too - being grateful you CAN also helps me.

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    1. YES! Hard runs will always be a thing. Running isn't always fun, it's hard, but it is fun when you get done and say "i finished that". I love the idea of changing your mind set too.

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  4. A new playlist is definitely top of my list! Lately, though, I've been running with my dog, and it's been so much fun. We just got her a running harness and she's a great little running buddy for a 20 minute run. I also love running on trails. There's a park near where I live that's gorgeous and makes me completely forget about any running-associated discomfort I may have.

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    1. I love when your run comes with a view. Enjoy that park as much as possible this summer!

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  5. I gotta be outside. I can handle the treadmill, but UGH, it is so NOT fun for me. I'm running fewer runs with music, too. Especially my shorter runs, I am finding that I don't need music for mojo like I do for longer (solo) runs.

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    1. I'm the same way with music. And when I do listen to it, it helps so much more than it used to! Also with the treadmill, I have very little runs that I classify as "fun" on the treadmill.

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  6. I love biking even though that hasn't been my focus lately.

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  7. Scooby makes running more fun -- and sometimes a bit too exciting. Good weather helps too!

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  8. I love the first few runs after a new pair of shoes - nothing better! But I also love runs where I get "lost" - in a new city, a new neighborhood... even running my regular route backwards is enough to spark my interest.

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  9. I don't know that I find running not fun. I think some of my group fitness attempts can be more fun but everything has its place.

    If I need to spice things up on my run, I grab music or friends and change up the route. That usually helps enough to keep it interesting.

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