For some, it's an excuse. For others, it's a genuine sentiment. For everyone, here are eight ways to put some fun into running.
GPS Running Art1 of 9
If you haven't downloaded a GPS running app on your smartphone yet, it's time to give one a shot. Not only do these apps track your distance and time, they also show your running routes on a map. For a rewarding workout, try to replicate what Claire Wyckoff has been doing and run to draw a picture. Although some of her drawings may be a little inappropriate, the overall idea is nothing short of awesome. Follow Claire on Instagram and Twitter to see her latest running artwork.
Mud Runs, Glow Runs, Spartan Runs2 of 9
These "Fun Runs" have taken the racing world by storm, and rightfully so. You'll be so busy treading through mud, admiring glow-in-the-dark neon lights or maneuvering through an obstacle course with your friends, that you won't even realize how far or how long you've been running.
Scenic Runs3 of 9
If you're fortunate enough to live near a body of water, try running alongside an ocean, river or lake. Hills that overlook metropolitan areas can also provide a rewarding view of the city once you reach the peak. For an even better experience, try to head out for a run during a sunset.
Trail Runs4 of 9
Running on roads, sidewalks and treadmills can get old. To switch it up, try to find a nearby trail and enjoy a running adventure. With uneven paths, your mind will be so focused on making sure each stride avoids rocks, branches or ditches that you won't zone out and get bored.
Run With a Friend5 of 9
Do you like to get together with your friends during the week to catch up? Why not do it during a nice, easy jog through the neighborhood? It's beneficial to add easy, slow-paced runs into your workout regimen. A good way to gauge the intensity of the jog is whether or not you can carry on a conversation while running. Try jogging for 30-minutes with a friend while chatting about what's new in each other's lives.
Run With a Dog6 of 9
If you have a furry friend waiting for you at home, grab the leash and lace up the running shoes after work. Taking your dog on a run can be beneficial for both parties.
Challenge Others7 of 9
Are you a competitive person? Try to challenge your roommates or a group of friends to join you for a weekly race. For added motivation, put a friendly wager such as dinner or household chores on the competition.
Watch TV on the Treadmill8 of 9
We watch hours of television every day at home. Why not run while doing it? Nearly every gym has televisions in front of their treadmills. Grab your headphones and watch the news, a sporting event or your favorite series. To be safe, be sure to keep these runs at a slower pace. If the workload is too much, try walking while the show is on and jogging during commercials.