Running burn out can hit even the most dedicated runners like myself. Sometimes its hard to get out there, but I refuse to let myself get burnt out. I avoid running burn out with these 5 easy tips!
My Running Diary: May 23rd, 2018
Even the most dedicated runners can suffer from running burn out. I love to run and I definitely have to pull myself out of bed at times to go for a run, especially now with a young child. However, I will not let myself get burnt out and I avoid running burn out with these 5 easy tips!
1. Let go of expectations
This is huge, especially if you’re picking running up later on in life or even if you’ve run for a long time. A part of me would love to run a 6 minute and 30 second mile, but I have not run that in years! I do know what I would need to do to get there, and right now I’m not prepared to do that. Even setting that for my running goal is ridiculous. Make sure that you have realistic expectations.
2. Switch up your routes
This is another huge one and is essential to avoid running burn out! For a long time I did not do this. I developed an obsession with the route I ran and felt like I had to run that one route. That was so silly and now I have 4 or 5 different routes that I consistently run depending on my mood! I have short routes if I’m pressed for time or need a day to recoup, and longer ones for days I want to push myself.
3. Find an easy run for recoup days
It took me a long time to figure this one out and I’m not sure why. It’s truly one of the most important tips to avoid running burn out. If you run daily or almost daily, it can be tough to take a day off, but everyone can benefit from an easy run. Sometimes it’s just nice to go run for a few miles and be done in 30 minutes, but I’ve also learned to use these easy runs as ways to push my pace. They truly are imperative to avoid running burn out.
4. Run hills
I’ve run hills since high school and they are the best thing you can do for yourself. If you consistently run hills, you will always be pushing yourself. I find that if I run a hill slow, it is so much harder than if I kick it up to a higher gear. There is also this huge sense of accomplishment from running hills. Try it with a baby in a stroller like I do and it doesn’t matter how many miles you run! Hills also spice up your runs and give you something to work toward.
5. Once a week, run with a partner
I love running with Dan, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t always love running with other people. The days I run with Dan are my favorite days to run because we chat and often do longer runs. It completely breaks up my running routine and I’m always looking forward to running with someone else. Dan pushes me and I push him. I also get a break from pushing the stroller. When I run with Dan, I don’t listen to music so it also changes how I look at my surroundings.
My Favorite Running Belt!
Avoid running burn out with my 5 easy tips and you’ll wonder why you didn’t implement these tips earlier. Using these tips broke me out of the cycle of constantly starting and stopping my running. I always claimed to be a runner and these made me into one. Gone are the periods when I take a week or two off from running, barring an emergency. It really is easier than you think to avoid running burn out.
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