Many runners find the repetitive sound of their feet hitting the ground one after the other to be soothing, almost hypnotic, and a great way to switch off from the stresses of daily life. But what can you do when it’s your running routine that begins to feel repetitive? Here are some ideas to re-energise your routine and put the spring back in your step:
Create a new playlist
We all have our favourite tracks, one which motivate us to keep going. An updated soundtrack can really make a difference to your routine. If your current playlist is full of the latest releases, mix it up with some classics, and if the classics are your usual thing, download some remixes for your next run. Consider asking a friend to share their playlist and you might find some new favourites. Alternatively, give audiobooks a go. Biographies, comedies and thrillers will keep you entertained and you may find yourself doing an extra lap just to find out what happens next!
Buy a new pair of running shoes
What it is about a new pair of trainers, or any new item of running gear, that always causes excitement and anticipation? If your running routine is as tired as your running shoes, don’t wait for birthdays or Christmas. Find a new pair to inspire you and put them through their paces – you won’t be able to stop yourself. For extra excitement, experience the very latest in Blast-Cap Technology with our Hey Like Wow soft drinks, delivering hydration and nutrients to support your active lifestyle.
Sometimes a solitary run is just what’s needed to clear your head and get away from it all, but if you’re feeling uninspired by your routine, why not join a running club? Clubs provide good opportunities to learn new routes and meet new running buddies. The support of other runners is a great way to stay motivated and there is usually a good social element too. Post-run pub lunch anyone?
Reverse your route
If there are limited options for exploring new routes where you live, simply reverse your route to add a bit of variety. This works particularly well if your route includes hills, as you will find yourself running uphill when you are used to a decline and vice versa.
Add spontaneity – the Swedish way
Want to break up your routine with something less structured? “Fartleks” might just be the thing. Swedish for “speed play”, fartleks will introduce an element of fun and games to your regime. Just run at a comfortable pace to warm up and then throw in a sprint – run at this pace until you reach the end of the street, or until the next set of traffic lights, or until you see a blue car. Just have fun with it, it’s called “play” after all!
Go off the beaten track
Pounding the pavements might be your usual routine, but have you thought about where else you could take your workout? The local park, beach or woodland trail will not only offer interesting sights (ooh a squirrel!) but will make you work harder as the terrain is likely to be more uneven than you are used to. Not only that, spending time with nature is proven to give your mental health a positive boost too.
Running requires commitment and dedication, so don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work to keep your spirits and motivation high. Treat yourself to a restorative massage, spa-day, or nice, warm bath to feel rested and re-energised for your next run. Better yet, grab a bottle of Hey Like Wow, to truly refresh after your workout.SHARE: