When I first started running, it felt hard. Today, running feels hard. Does running ever any easier? Do veteran runners always feel good running? Do elites feel like they are cake walking every mile?
No, no and no
I love running and for the most part, I’ve had a lot of great runs. However, like anyone I’ve also had some terrible runs.
There have been plenty of times I’ve woken up: thought, “nope, I’m not running today” and gone back to sleep. Maybe I woke up later and ran or maybe I’ve just struggled to get to work on time.
If you run, you’ve probably had a time when running felt stale. It’s boring; there isn’t anything to look forward too, and you’ve lost all of your motivation. You’ve had several runs you’ve struggled get through, and it just seems like…ugh why to bother.
We’ve all been there whether it’s training for your first race or 500th.
So what are some ideas to “switch it up”? Often change is the key to breaking out of a rut.
Find a running partner:
Run with anyone you see, just don’t approach someone if you’re wearing all black and it’s midnight. That could get awkward. But seriously, change up who you are running with. It makes the run feel completely different!
Change the time of day you run:
Run at a different time. It’s exhilarating! Once again, don’t run in the middle of the night in all black.
Run different mileage:
- Decrease your mileage
- Run two short runs versus one longer run.
Change where you run:
A change of scenery can be a good thing. I know for me, racing in a different location each week keeps me from getting too bored. Try running on the trails, different neighborhoods, or even the treadmill. Sometimes catching up on trashy TV and running on the treadmill is what I want to do.
When all else fails and running is just not going well, take a break. There is plenty more to life than running. Even if you’re an elite runner, you still probably enjoy a few things outside of moving your feet.
A break never hurts and can help you come back stronger.
Question for you: How do you break out of a rut?