A simple idea to make running fun

Regardless of why we run or how long we’ve been doing it, there are days when we can’t get ourselves out the door for a run. The urge to be unproductive and lazy is strong to the core and we find every possible excuse to refrain from running. More often than not, it is easier to say ‘no’ than it is to say ‘yes’. Well, at least that’s the case for me on those days. There are tips and tricks out there to overcome this, but my favorite way to say ‘yes’ to running is by making it fun.

Create a running game

When I create a running game for myself, I think of what I love – in this case, pretty photos – and incorporate them into my run. When I do this, it gets me more excited to run and play the game.  The objective is to create an image I love to look at. To achieve this, I run routes in and around my neighborhood looking for photo-worthy spots or abstract gems I could use to create an interesting photo. At the same time, I am exploring and familiarizing myself in places from a different perspective.

Set your own rules

Whatever the objective – distance, duration, speedyou set the rules. For my exploration runs, I don’t stop running unless I’ve found a photo worth taking. In addition, I switch up the amount of photos I need to collect during my runs.

Reward yourself

Give yourself more reasons to get out there. It could be as simple as that ice cream you were craving last week or a much-needed massage. I personally like to squeeze in a little coffee or donut stop toward the end of my run. Why not?

Share your results

There’s a giant community of runners out there who want to support you. I know I’d love to hear about your tough days, how you overcame it, and what cool fun-run games you’ve played. Be proud of the work you’ve put in and share the love. Someone out there may need your motivation. Pay it forward.

And there you have it. A quick recap on how to make running fun:

  • Turn your run into a game.
  • Set your own rules.
  • Reward yourself.
  • Share your results.

Photos by Kyle Miyamoto.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post although imagery was in collaboration with PUMA Running featuring their Ignite 3 running shoe.

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