If you’re used to logging the miles with a buddy or a group and have always dreaded running alone, then you’re in the right place.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make solo running feel easier and more enjoyable than you might otherwise think.
In today’s post, I’ll go over some of the best ways to make yourself love solo running and motivated yourself to make running a part of your daily routine.
Let’s get started.
Focus on the Scenery
Running anywhere is fantastic for improving both your physical and mental health. But research has also reported that logging the miles in natural settings further helps lift your mood and reduce stress.
A pristine landscape is sometimes all we need to start appreciating how lucky we are to run and to experience a good sweat. Take the road less traveled. Try a new route or train, switch up your routine, or run on a different side of town.
When you’re running solo, you’re doing your own thing. You are not worried about speeding up or slowing down for your buddy or team. You dictate your own pace.
That’s why it’s a fantastic opportunity to do a session that’s very specific to your pace and/running goal.
I’d recommend that you do fartlek workout. Following a 10-minute slow jog warm-up, shoos a landmark in the distance, such as a stop sign, parked car, or a tree, then pick up the pace until you get to it.
Recover for one to two minutes, then pick another landmark and speed up again.
Listen To Music
I don’t know about you, but when I feel stuck in my own ways, the right music playlist can really give me the push I need to get out the door. It’s easy to overcome that inner voice telling you to stop running and that you can’t do it if you can’t heart it.
Just be careful. Keep the volume low enough or leave one earbud so that you can hear everything that’s going on around you.
Make sure to mix up your style. If you listen to the same playlist every run, shake things up for today’s top tunes.
Stick to your Schedule
Make sure to decide how many times per week, you’d like to run, and how each workout will last, then schedule. Set everything up in advance.
Once you set up a non-negotiable schedule in place, you’ll feel more responsible for making each run without excuses, turning your miles from optional to “must-do” activities. Having a strict schedule can make it harder for you to skip important sessions, as work and family obligations can pop up from nowhere.
That way, you can more easily prioritize your running routine over impromptu nights out on the town or Netflix binges.