5 Ways to Rediscover Your Love for Running
Do you feel like running has become a chore? Do you reminisce about the days when you were just eager to put on your running shoes and get lost in the great outdoors?
Worry not – losing your mojo is absolutely normal and it happens to the best of us.
Finding motivation is not always easy. Repetitive routines get tedious over time, but it’s not impossible to get back on track! If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and see no way out, allow us to lend a helping hand and help you rediscover your love for running.
Sometimes, all you need is a little push in the right direction to remind yourself why you started running in the first place. These 5 tips might help you restore the passion you once had and give you a boost you’ve been craving for!
1. Variety is Key
When was the last time you did something for the first time? This quote can refer to all aspects of our lives, but it also resonates a lot when it comes to your love for running. If you’re constantly revisiting your steps, taking the same routes, doing the same movements over and over again – you’re prone to lose motivation. While some people thrive when following a strict routine, others may feel shackled by the lack of variety.
There are plenty of ways to spice things up a bit, even there on the road. Take the road less known or try to go for another extra mile. Pushing your boundaries and discovering new sights might be just the thing you need to get back on the horse.
Another way to jazz up your running routine is to set goals. Have you ever completed a marathon? A triathlon? Or perhaps you’re looking for something more adventurous like an obstacle course race? These types of activities will not only challenge you, but they can also help you regain your focus and allow you to experience that running thirst you once had.
2. Find a Cause
One of the best ways to rediscover your passion for running is to make it about others, rather than yourself. This might sound counterproductive, but it can feel invigorating to know that you’re going above and beyond for something more than just yourself.
Charity runs and events are an excellent way to support a cause you’re passionate about and help others in need. This is also an amazing opportunity to finally get back on the road and experience your long-lost love for running.
A quick online search can direct you towards charitable organizations and events in your vicinity that need runners such as yourself to help them achieve their goals.
3. Look Back
Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take a step back and reevaluate our choices, achievements, and progress. If you’ve been running for a long time, you just might need to remind yourself why you started running in the first place.
What gave you the initial rush to jump-start your running journey? It could be a number of reasons – perhaps you wanted to get back in shape, maybe something or someone inspired you to try it out and you soon became addicted to it or it just might be that you wanted to challenge yourself in a new way?
These are all valid reasons, but it’s important to try and light up that spark once more.
Find some old photos or a journal if you kept one and remind yourself of how far you’ve come since then. Notice the differences in your physique, endurance, strength and overall health, but also note the mistakes you made and how you managed to improve over time.
The best thing about life is that there’s always more room for improvement. Strive for more, evaluate your techniques, gear up and remember that the race is still not lost, as long as you keep on moving.
4. Lend a Hand
Can you remember your first run? You probably felt quite foolish struggling there on the track while observing all other runners sprinting past you, geared up from head to toe, unphased, looking like they’re having the time of their lives. What’s up with that, huh?
Yes, beginnings are difficult and even more so if you don’t have anybody to guide you in the right direction. So, why not do a fellow runner a favor by lending a helping hand? Join a local running group and reach out to someone who’s at the very beginning of their journey.
Having a running buddy can be mutually beneficial – you show them the ropes and at the same time you get a friendly reminder of how long you’ve come since the first time you started running. Worst case scenario? You get a confidence boost knowing that you’ve worked so hard to be where you are now. Best case? You just made a new friend!
If you’re generally not a people-person, there’s always an option of adopting a puppy to accompany you on your next run. We call that a win-win situation.
5. Take a Break
Finally, there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself some time to regroup and relax. Don’t think of this phase as throwing in the towel – try to look at it as a growing opportunity to learn what steps you want to take next.
Taking a break for a couple of days, weeks or even months can actually be quite beneficial in the long run. After a while, you just might realize that you miss your daily runs and whip out your dusty running gear once more.
If not – don’t sweat it. There are still plenty of ways to keep active and you know what they say: When one door closes, another opens. Who knows? Maybe you get the desire to try out something new like hiking, cycling or swimming.
The goal is to find something that sparks joy and sometimes what makes us truly happy and fullfed can change over time. So buckle up warrior, your journey is just beginning!
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