“A few months in to training with no end in sight and I am bored…” is this starting to feel like you guys? Well the good news is you are not alone as everyone goes through this from time to time. And I guess the big positive you can take away from it is that you have actually done something enough to get bored with it!!! The last blog was a focus on how to get the most out of each stride and make it easy for you and this time we will focus on some helpful hints and tips that may help to remove the boredom out of the training.
1) Set a goal
Establishing a goal for each run (even if it’s just to not walk!) creates benchmarks of your progress and a sense of accomplishment. Try just making it running between every other lamp post and build up from there
2) Slow down
Don’t even think about pace at the beginning. Many people get discouraged at first
because they want to run ‘fast.’ So they go out and kill themselves, then feel dejected and discouraged. Running at a conversational pace, meaning you should be able to talk on the-go. While it may go against the “No pain. No gain.” mentality, it “ensures you are building your aerobic endurance and teaching your body to become more efficient, which is the key to running
3) Play a game
Remember all those silly road trip games your parents would use to entertain and distract you on long car rides? Even on your feet, you can still take them on the road! Play “20 Questions” with a friend or try to find all of the letters of the alphabet on the street signs you pass if you’re running solo.
4) Discover the road less taken
If you ate the same food for lunch every day, you’d inevitably get bored, and it’s the same with running! Slogging along the same path every day can get old really fast. I myself am quite lucky in that I live a stones throw from Strangford lough and I can get lost running the roads round here but it keeps me entertained, running is the best way to see new spots and explore somewhere new on foot!
5) Pump up them tunes!
To beat the running blues, many runners turn to tunes. Rocking out on the run can be an amazing combo. You get to star in your own music video while running! and it also helps pass the time. itunes and spotify are there to help also by categorizing music by beats per min but don’t forget podcasts or stand-up comedy. You will be surprised how far you can get while laughing your way up and down those hills
Give these little hints and tips a try and see if you can reignite that fire in your ever
decreasing belly from all the running. Keep plodding along and let us know if there any topic you would like the next blog to be on.