Every January, the path I run along is packed. Everyone I pass is enthusiastic and focusing on their New Years resolutions to get fit. Yet, inevitably, about a month later, it is back to normal and there are only a few runners that fly by. I always think this is such a shame. Running has become a part of my routine, something I look forward to and an activity that keeps me strong both mentally and physically. It shouldn’t be a hobby that you take up for 2 weeks in January after an indulgent Christmas. Instead, it should be something that you plan into your week, setting aside an hour in the morning or evening to head outside. If you go jogging regularly then it can boost the quality of your sleep, prevent stress and ensure concentration (that’s what the scientists say anyway).
I absolutely despise running on a treadmill. I find it dull and lonely and uninspiring. Whereas, when I head to the river or a park, I’m surrounded by dog walkers and fellow runners and I’m distracted by everything around me. I know it’s cheesy to call it an ‘escape’ but it really is. I don’t have to think about anything. Instead, I can just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying myself.
I’m always listening to something if I’m running. I either pick a podcast or an album I’m enjoying at the time. What I’ve been listening to recently includes:
I don’t always run the same route. Sometimes, I decide to head west down the river, sometimes east and other times I head to a large park. Changing my path and exploring new parts of my neighbourhood are a huge part of why I love running (linking to why the treadmill just isn’t for me). I either do about 5km or 7km or somewhere in between. It just depends on my mood, how tired I’m feeling that day, how much time I have and whether I feel like pushing myself. Running is not a punishment for me. I think the reason why I enjoy it so much is because I don’t put any pressure on myself. I don’t enter competitions or worry about how fast I’m going. When I’m outside, my aim isn’t to beat my previous time. My focus is to lift my mood and get into a more positive mindset.
So there we have it! If you have any questions about how to get into running, feel free to comment!