You may not know this about me, but I ran cross country in high school. Back then, I would have considered myself a runner, and enjoyed it. Somewhere along the way, an injury happened and took some of the fun out of running.
I can confidently say now, though, that I am learning to enjoy running again. I know that finding joy in running can be tough, but I have some tips for you below that might be helpful. Keep reading to see my tips!
4 Tips to Find Joy in Running
1 | Sign up for fun race.
I am signing up for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, and am so excited for it! Not only does it provide me with motivation, but it also gives me a fun group-running experience to look forward to! (This is especially true for solo-runners, like me!)
2 | Be content in your progress.
Some people might disagree with this, but I try not to place too much importance on the “stats” of my runs. I like to focus more on how I feel during my runs and compare that to how I felt in other runs. When I do want to think about stats, I focus more on distance than speed (to a degree). Challenge yourself to be okay with where you’re at right now.
3 | Find beautiful running spots.
Running in nature has been a saving grace for me and my running. It brings me such peace to look around at the beautiful leaves changing and breathe in the fresh autumn air. It’s also the perfect time and place to pray, meditate, or even just zone out and focus on the beauty around you. If you are stuck on a treadmill (dreading winter!!!), get outside and enjoy nature during your runs.
4 | Have grace with yourself.
This. This can be a tough one for some people, but I think it’s so much better for your mental health to have grace with yourself when you have to shorten a run, are having an off day, or just are feeling blah about running. Don’t get me wrong, it is super important to be consistent, but we all have rough runs. It’s okay to not be perfect.
If you get anything from my post, I hope that it’s to find joy in the sometimes stinky things in life. It’s SO important to focus on the positive things in life, and to be grateful for the lives we were given.
I hope you have a joyful night.