Recently, the discussion of running route burn-out was brought to my attention. My initial response was to run the athlete's routes in the opposite direction. This has worked for me in the past. You see things in a different perspective and may obtain a new appreciation for what you have.
If you run in a large park, or forest preserve, maybe parking in a different parking lot and starting your run in a different part of your route might be all you need. You could also rethink how you run a particular route. If this route is normally your long run route, maybe stopping half way and running hill repeats before continuing could change your mindset. Possibly changing your plan to a tempo or fartlek effort instead of the normal long effort at this venue will rev up your engine. Possibly, running the first five miles of the effort and turn
ing around in an out and back format could help.
One more thought on this topic would be to frequently change your pre-run activity. If you are a normal static stretch individual, try a dynamic warm-up instead. You could even use aides, like a med ball, elastic band, or bosu. Anything to create more fun into your energy system.
If all that fails, go on a short vacation to somewhere new or a friend's running route. A short term break away from home can be refreshing.
Remember, if it's fun, you will stay healthy.
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