Time to head out on a jog? Check out these tips first!
Are you training for a marathon or half marathon? Training for an endurance race can be challenging and rewarding, but it can also be boring.
Yes, logging mile after mile on the pavement or trail can be monotonous, exhausting, and outright tedious. Let's face it, convincing yourself to put one foot in front of the other for more than an hour is extremely difficult; especially when you know there are other things you could do with your time.
I am currently training for the Rock' n 'Roll Lisbon Marathon, and while I've enjoyed the physical and mental challenge of completing training runs -which can stretch up to 20 miles - my workouts have become a game of "how fast can I finish this run before I die of boredom." Whether you're training for a race, or just looking to try a long running workout, check out these tips from experts around the U.S. on how to beat jogging boredom.
"Arrange to meet friends at different points in the run. Maybe your friends are only running a 5K or a 10K so run from house to house and pick a different person up along the way for a mile or two." -Mary Arnold, Assistant Manager at New York Running Company, Time Warner Location
"Make intermediate goals. Rather than simply having a "finish line" that you're going to run to, break things up. This might mean that you choose a 3-mile loop near your house and do your run in loops, or you might have a series of parks that you run by which break your run into intermediate goals (e.g. get to the next park). Or even a soundtrack that you listen to on an .mp3 player with a goal of getting to the next album or the next song." - Ben Greenfield, sports nutrition expert
""Have a purpose for your workout. You can give yourself a main set or better yet, invest in a training gadget (ex. GPS enabled HR monitor) so that you have something to focus on besides your legs and your heart speaking to you with every foot strike. Perceived exertion and running for fun is very free, but many athletes will benefit from having a specific plan for the long run and will feel accomplished when the set is finished (and the miles will just tick away!)." -Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, LD/N owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition -Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, LD/N owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition
"Make your run an adventure - run some place new and bring a friend." - Todd Iacovelli, Former All American runner, running coach
"Music is key, but sometimes that can get played out. I actually started listening to podcasts. It keeps me in it, and I am done before I know it, which is nice if you simply have to log miles. "Stuff You Should Know" is my go-to podcast, and you can find it on iTunes." - Kelly Clark, Olympic snowboarder and most decorated rider
"Pick a destination run and arrange for transportation back. One of my favorite long runs in New York City is to run from Harlem to Coney Island. It is about a 22-mile trip from my house. I treat myself to a slushie and fries from Nathan's while I am there. It's a great time." -Mary Arnold, Assistant Manger, New York Running Company Time Warner Center