Today we’re talking about digging your way out of a running funk.
If you’ve been running long then you’ve likely experienced a running funk. Getting motivated to run can be hard sometimes. Even when you love running. Which is weird, but it happens. It’s totally a thing. I checked.
I experienced it most recently while training for my first marathon, and it took a while to get my groove back. I was injured and thought when given the green light I would be all over hitting the pavement. But the first few times back out I wasn’t feeling it. At all. I remember going out for a six miler and couldn’t even get past mile one without walking. I was so disappointed. In myself and the fact that I couldn’t get out of my own head.
Looking back now, I should have quit beating myself up and instead changed things up. We went on vacation and running in a new spot was just the key to getting my grove back. It also got me thinking of other things that I enjoy that would have helped if I had stopped playing pity party and instead looked for a solution.
Here are my top tips for getting out of a running funk.
Get Out Of Your Running Funk
1. Run in a new place
Sure running on a vacation is fun. You’re in an entirely different area. But, changing it up in your hometown can be just as nice. Google top running places in your city or pick a road or trail you think is beautiful and just go! A change of scenery does the runners heart good.
2. Leave your pace tracker at home.
Maybe it’s an app on your phone, or your nice Garmin watch, but leave it home and head out solo. Sometimes we can get so caught-up on what our pace is and beating our old self or setting a PR that it breaks us a little each time we don’t make it. But hello, you still ran!!!!! Quit beating yourself up and be glad you hit the road, regardless of how fast you were.
3. Change up your playlist or run without
I listen to the Running Station on Pandora and sometimes it doesn’t cut it. The music is just blah. My sister loves Spotify, and I know there are other stations and apps out there. Also check out Pinterest. There are plenty of running playlists ideas to glean from. You could give Podcasts or Audible a try if you need to catch up on some reading. I really want to try that! Or, you could not listen to anything at all. I just know when I need to run in the quite. If life gets super stressful or crazy busy it’s nice to just think it all through in my head with no musical interruptions.
4. Get Some New Running Gear
Sometimes you just need to go shopping. Because shopping usually makes everything a little better. Grab a new shirt, some capris or whatever you’ve been eyeing. Something fun that makes you feel fly while hitting the roads. Because let’s face it, we do most everything better when we look the part.
5. Run with a friend or group
Have a friend that runs? Call them up! Sometimes it’s easier to push through a run when you know there’s someone beside you who you don’t want to disappoint. Most cities also have running groups that meet a few times a month or even every week. Find one and get involved. Running can be a solo sport, but I think it’s even more fun when you run with others from time to time. It’s inspiring to hear their running stories and they have such good tips and tricks.
6. Take a break
Sometimes it’s okay to take a week, or a month off. But don’t stop working out entirely. Take a hot yoga class or give spin a try. You could also sign up for one of my month long FB challenge groups. I’ll get you hooked up with a workout program that works well with your lifestyle. (Such as PiYo, which is excellent for runners. And The 21 Day Fix is great too!)
7. Sign up for a race
It could be a fun 5k, or maybe you want to attempt a half or even full marathon. Having a date in mind for training can make running more of a priority and strengthen your reserve to get out there.
What are your tried and true tip for getting out of a funk?