Bored of training for those ‘normal’ race distances? Bring the spark back to your training with these must-try tips…
If you’re a regular runner and already have lots of races under our belt, you may wonder what comes next. Variety is the spice of life so, if you’re feeling stuck in a rut, try these top options to bring back your running mojo…
Try: Obstacle races
Why do it? Obstacle races are hard work but great fun. Think of an army-style assault course that may involve climbing monkey bars, clambering up netting, jumping into freezing cold water and, if you’re really brave, being electrocuted. We kid you not! In short, obstacle races offer variety – it’s not about getting a fast time – it’s about overcoming each obstacle.
Try: Night Races
Why do it? Ideal if you’re not a morning person, night races are increasing in popularity (though just to be clear, some of them start in the evening). Events like Conti Thunder Run 24 or Spitfire Scramble start earlier in the day and continue through the night, where you’ll pitch up a tent with some mates and take it in turns to complete a loop of the course. Others offer obstacles like mud pits, bogs and water wades or you can run half marathons or do a night race abroad.
Try: Ultra races
Why do it? If you’ve completed a marathon you may want to go one step further and become an ultra runner. An ultra is any distance over 26.2 miles, so you can choose the distance to suit you. There are shorter ultra distances, including 28 and 31-mile races. You’ll test your endurance to new levels and get a great sense of achievement.
Try: Run streak
Why do it? Run streaks, where you commit to running daily, have become very popular for boosting motivation. Ronhill launched its Run Every Day Campaign in 2015 as its founder, Ron Hill, had run daily for over 50 years and the brand wanted to inspire others to make running a regular part of their lives. The logic is simple – once you’ve done it long enough to make running a habit, you’ll keep doing it.
Be sensible. Choose short distances at first and gradually build up. Follow a harder run with a gentle recovery run to reduce injury risk. Stretch at the end of every run. Have at least two days per week where the runs are easier and shorter – with one being no more than a mile. Make sure you have the right shoes before you start.
Why do it? If you’re bored of churning out mile after mile, adding in two new disciplines will rejuvenate your training. Triathlons involve a swim, a cycle then a run, with distances varying from Olympic (1500m swim, 40K bike ride and a 10K run) to sprint (750m swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run) to super sprint (400m swim, 10k bike ride and 2.5K run). If you’re prone to running injuries, adding low impact exercise like cycling and swimming into your training will give your joints a break and help you maintain your fitness.