The doldrums. They happen to the best of us. It may be due to the chill of the winter months. It may be due to the monotony of your training. No matter what the reason, it is clear that you need to break through and rejuvenate!
When it comes to running, there are a few ways to renew that love that got you out the door in the first place. So push the weather aside, lace up your shoes and get moving with these tips!
1. Go Shopping
A new pair of shoes or bright running clothes are a great way to instantly kick up your mood! If your shoes have a lot of miles on them, it’s time to replace them with a new pair. Not only with the fun colors perk you up, but the new feeling of cushion is sure to put a pep in your running step. In terms of clothes, pick out items (and even colors) that will lift your spirits as you run down the road. Find your solemate here.
2.Blaze a New Trail
It is easy to get caught in the trap of comfort and use the same running path over and over and over again. When you can count the steps to the next mile marker or run up that same hill with ease, it means you are spending far too much time on that particular path. Find a new location to set out on during your next run. Maybe it’s around your local college campus. Check out the local running or biking trail. Even take a drive in your vehicle to the next town. A new running path is sure to keep you going as you take in new sights!
3. Find Some Friends
There are times when we just need to run on our own. It allows us to wind down from our day, do some heavy thinking or even focus on a certain pace. However, if your running needs some rejuvenation, find some friends to run with. Not only will the conversation keep you engaged throughout your miles, but they may even push you in ways that will increase your confidence. Even better, when you have a running date scheduled, it’s a lot harder to sleep in!
If the running doldrums try to hinder your training, remember why you began running in the first place. From time to time, push the training plan aside and just run!