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Video:How to Get Out of a Running Rut

with Sara Fox

Want to learn how to get out of a running rut? Here, see helpful information for changing up your routine.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Get Out of a Running Rut

Hi, I'm Sara Fox, here for About.com, and today we're going to talk about how to get out of a running rut, as outlined on About.com's running and jogging site.

What to Do if You've a Running Rut

If you've hit a wall with your running routine, or it's become unbearably mundane, the following techniques can help you push past the barrier: Try doing a random interval workout by picking a landmark in the distance, such as a tree or a stop sign, and pick up the pace until you get to it. After you recover for a minute or two, choose another landmark and speed up again. You can also do hill repeats if you plan a routine that has at least one hill in it. When you come to the hill, run up and down it a few times before moving on. An obvious way to liven up your running is to get a running buddy. You can challenge each other, race, or even have a chat if you're simply out for a leisurely jog.

Getting Out of a Running Rut

Overall, committing to a running relationship with someone else keeps you accountable and motivated. If you run where there are lots of other runners, you can try the count 'em up method. Pick out a specific article of clothing, such as black running pants, to look for during your run, then count how many runners you see wearing that piece of clothing. If you're running with a friend, you can each guess how many you'll spot during the run and then see who comes the closest. Finally, try being a friendly runner. If you normally keep to yourself during your runs, try to be more of an extrovert. You'll be amazed at how some people react to a simple hello or a big smile from a passing runner. Running is a religion for many, but even the best of us will find ourselves in a rut from time to time. Get creative and don't be afraid to try new things, and your enthusiasm for running will be revived.

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