Have you been feeling stuck in a rut when it comes to your weekly running routine? Switching it up and adding in some different training will help improve your running and give you some new motivation. Here are some ways to kick your running up a notch.
Find a New Route: Running the same loop every single day can start to feel monotonous. Find some new ground to cover and explore your neighborhood. There are plenty of different areas you can be running, and with a change of scenery you are sure to pick up the pace and enjoy your run a little more.
Speed Work: If you are always running at the same pace, how do you expect to improve and get any faster? Reserve one-two days a week for interval training which will help increase your overall running pace. Remember to make your run an easy/mild one the day after doing speed work to reduce the risk of injury.
Hill Running: Want to improve your strength, endurance, speed and performance? Try adding in a day a week of running hills. If you live in a flat area, find some stairs you can run up and down, such as a stadium, or you can always run on a treadmill once a week with an incline.
Strength Training: Strength training should be part of your regular weekly routine already, but if it’s not today is the day to start! Not only does strength training increase muscle mass and help improve running form and performance, it is also important in preventing injuries.
Trail Running: If you have been running strictly on pavement, and are ready for something new, try trail running. It will give you a whole new perspective on running and it is also good for your body. There is a lot more give on trails compared to running on pavement which is great for your joints. Also, the new scenery can help you regain your motivation and relieve some stress.
Still looking for more running tips? Stop by our office at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC and talk with Dr. Evan Merrill at your next visit! Being an avid runner himself, he is always up for some running conversation. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.