Running Rut: Tips to get out of a rut

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Runners are usually creatures of habit, they run the same routes, pace & time of the day but in order to avoid getting stuck in a rut, here are some ways you can make your running more fun!

  1. Do Some Hill Repeats

Plan a route that has at least one hill in it and, when you come to it, run up and down it a few times before moving on. If you don't have a lot of hills near you, use a set of stairs or bleachers.

  1. Do a Random Interval Workout

Pick a landmark in the distance, such as a tree or a stop sign, and pick up the pace until you get to it. After you recover for a minute or two, choose another landmark and speed up again.

  1. Be a Friendly Runner

If you normally keep to yourself during your runs, try to be more of an extrovert. You'll be amazed at how some people react to a simple hello or a big smile from a passing runner. The positive vibes you generate will help keep you motivated for the rest of your run.

  1.  Get a Running Buddy

Do you usually run alone? Try to convince a friend or family member to come along with you -- even if it's just once a week. Even if they're slower than you, you'll find that helping someone else will help get you excited about running again. If you can't find anyone who will run with you, follow these tips to find a running group.

  1.  Play Beat the Clock

Begin timing your run as soon as you start. At your turnaround point, hit the split button on your running watch/timer, or just take note of your time. Try increasing your pace on the way back, with the goal of beating your time for the first half (which, by the way, is called a negative split).