Interested, that is.
There are people who run for running’s sake. Who can run the same route at the same time, every single day.
Yeah, that’s definitely not me. I need a lot of variety in my life because, well, I have a short attention span. If that sounds like you, here are some things to try:
- New sounds. I used to run to music and loved Pandora in particular because I built a channel that played songs with just the right beat to run with. When I tired of that, I bought a bunch of music on iTunes. Then I listened to books on tape, using Audible.
- New views. I like to vary my route, whether it’s just turning left instead of right from my door to finding new places to run. One of the teams I run with meets up at one of two locations but allows us to switch the route, depending on our mileage and interest. Some of the routes have more hills; others are very flat. Sometimes we see deer and once we saw a bald eagle.
- New surfaces. I mostly run on the road since I live in suburbia and my running group takes paved trails around town. But I’ve recently focused on finding new trails to run on. I recently tried — and loved — Woldumar Nature Center and tried it again this morning with friends, but took a different route. It was like discovering a whole new area, even if we were just a quarter of a mile from a major road.
- New friends. One of my favorite things about running is all of the new people I’ve met. All I have to do is post a message on Facebook to find a buddy and several people jump in. I’ve found friends to run with at 5 a.m. on a weekday, 8 a.m. on a Sunday or on a random evening. It’s a great opportunity to develop deeper friendships or catch up with old friends.
- New runners. Most newbies welcome a running partner who distracts them and/or gives them tips to encourage them. I remember spending my first 9-mile run with a certain ultra-runner who not only got me through virgin miles but who had be laughing the entire time so that I didn’t realize we were running them a minute faster than my usual pace and who took me through a particularly hilly cemetery toward the end. The experience was fun, not traumatic, and built a lot of confidence at a time when I needed a boost.
- New gear. Who doesn’t love the smell/look/feel of new running shoes? Or a new tech shirt/skirt/gadget? New running-related items can make even the most mundane run a little more interesting or exciting.
How about you? How do you stay interested in running? What’s your favorite new gear item?