While I may have returned from Hawaii, I needed to repack my suitcase and head up to Northern Alberta for a work trip this week. Thanks to Susie for popping in while I’m away and out of cell service! *sniff*
Susie and I “met” 2.5 years ago (I think??) and finally met in person at BlogFest in 2015 and I was so pumped to meet her!
We both share a love of running, coaching, and cat snuggles.
Hi Everyone! For those who don’t know me, my name is Susie, and I claim the little slice of internet called Suzlyfe. Suzlyfe is a running, fitness, and healthy life blog written with the intention to educate, connect, and inspire readers to live beyond expectation! I am also an RRCA Certified Running Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Ange has become one of my best blogging friends, and I am so freaking pumped to be guest posting for her today. Now, on with the show!
I love to run. I really do. I look forward to my runs throughout the week, and even when my legs are tired and sore to the point I wonder if I can pick them up, if it is a day that I have allotted myself to run, and I am healthy enough to do so, you can bet I am lacing up my trainers.
But I don’t always feel that way. I know Ange doesn’t always feel that way. You can be a devout runner and not want to run #allthemiles all the days. But you know that, by and large, when you get out there, you feel better, and after your run, you will remember why you love it. But what if that doesn’t happen?What do you do when running becomes a chore?Click To Tweet
First and foremost, cut yourself some slack. Then try these strategies for getting back out there and finding the love for running again.
1) Ditch the GPS.
Spoiler alert: YOU DON’T NEED YOUR GPS TO RUN. You don’t need to know where each mile changes, what your pace was for said splits, or whether or not you are negative splitting that run. If you are a runner, you know by now where your mile markers are, what your average pace is, and if you run at the end feels like you are treading water or zooming. Need to have a watch on? Get an analog one (take it old school!) and know about when you start and about when you stop. That is all that you need.
If your route is getting too comfortable (and thus boring), go out and find new trail to blaze (and run by time, not by mileage, while you are out there). Something else that might help? Return to an old favorite route, particularly if it was one on which you learned to love running.
3) Take It Outside
Treadmills are great tools–I use one at least once a week. But I try to do the majority of my running outside a) because it is more functional and b) because how can I feel dreary about my day when I got to watch the sun rise, feel the cool air, and smell the seasons?
4) Make Running Functional–Run-Mute!
Speaking of taking it outside, try to be “that person” who runs everywhere! Going to an exercise class? Run there and back for the perfect warm up and shake out. Going to get a bikini wax? Run there. Picking up a prescription? Going to the doctor’s office? Run there (but bring a cleansing cloth in a little belt or something for the doctors and bikini waxers). Incorporate running into your life in a way that makes you reconsider the activity altogether!
5) Alternatively, Don’t Run So Much!
You don’t need to run every single day. I run 4 times a week, and I ran 3 times a week for my first few marathons. I do this for injury prevention, but also because it means that I am just about always ready tor run when the time comes, but I also don’t let myself get too comfortable with not running. Another option? Shorten the length of your runs. Your mind and body might just need to rebound or to feel victory again.
ABOVE ALL: Change it up. Whatever you are doing isn’t working, right? Start changing some of the modifiers. If you are a usually a morning runner, try to run at lunch. Inside? Go outside (but be careful of transitioning too fast to avoid injury). City runner? Find some trails or a park! Run alone? Time to find a buddy.
Running doesn’t need to be “fun,” but running should be joyful and bring positivity to your life. If running is becoming a chore, try some of these strategies to find the love again, but if they don’t work, ask yourself what is actually making you unhappy: the running? Or is something else amiss?If running is becoming a chore, try some of these strategiesClick To Tweet
Have you ever struggled to remember what you love about running, or another passion? How did you get the love back?
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