How to keep a short-attention-span runner … squirrel!

by lachicaruns on

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. lachica woldumar hill
  3. 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. lachica woldumar pines lachica woldumar trees lachica woldumar view
  4. 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. lachica woldumar Brandess lachica woldumar group
  5. 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.
  6. 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.lachica new Brooks

How about you? How do you stay interested in running? What’s your favorite new gear item?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.


Shannon @GirlsGotSole

Oh yes, new gear ALWAYS gets me excited about running! Especially tech toys or Skirt Sports gear!
I’m fortunate that I run with an awesome group of people 3 days a week and we always seem to have something to chat about. We do tend to use the same routes though, so that can get crazy. LOL But, the fun company does make it interesting. We always tell each other to bring good stories or things to talk about, especially on the longer weekend runs.


It’s amazing just how big of a difference some good company can make on a long run. Even the really hot middle-of-the-summer long runs.

I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by incredibly nice and accommodating runners who are willing to go out at just about any time of day.

As for the stories? No comment. 😉


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