One of the seldom mentioned challenges that runners face is not a physical one but a mental one. I remember how I gradually built up my running skills until I did two half-marathons each week. Then, for no obvious reason, I was suddenly fed up with it all. I just couldn’t perform those long distance runs which I used to love. I was still in shape, but mentally I was tired.
In this post, which Levi was kind enough to publish, I want to share with you some tips on how you may overcome the mental fatigue that sometimes befalls runners.
1. Change your route.
One of the worst things that any runner can do is to limit him or herself to a single course. This is a sure way to get bored and tired of running. You need to change your scenery and allow running to take you to places which are fun to see and interesting to experience.
Your local park may be fantastic for running during the week, but during the weekend you should get out of the city and explore nature. Always employ the necessary safety measures for any specific terrain or area but don’t be afraid to try new routes.
2. Change your pace.
Try to tell a long distance runner to include some sprints in the middle of his run and he’ll revolt. However, this is one of the best ways to spice up your running. I’m not going to go into the whole interval training vs. regular cardio argument. All I’m saying is that if you change your pace several times during your run, you will find that it is becoming more challenging and certainly more interesting than it was before.
3. Don’t just run.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Why not try it on running?
Sprinkle some cycling workouts, aerobic classes, or rowing into your routine. Remind yourself why running is such a great sport. The added benefit is that different forms of cardio train your body in a variety of ways so you may find that you actually become fitter by trying new things. Check out these top 10 cardio workouts to give some ideas of your options.
4. Listen to lectures and not music.
I used to have my ipod attached to my arm whenever I went out for a run. But I didn’t just listen to music. I used to download interesting lectures and listen to them while I ran. There is so much to learn in this world that you can combine your love of running with whatever interests you. It passes the time and makes the entire workout more enjoyable.
I hope that this helps you get over your mental fatigue and keep running strong. If you’ve got some more ideas on how to alleviate runners’ boredom, leave a comment below. I’d love to read your thoughts.