Three Ways to Stay Engaged During Long Runs

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Alicia Procello Maddox serves as the president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, where she oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility. When she finds time away from her professional responsibilities, Alicia Procello Maddox runs for exercise.

Many seasoned athletes find that they get bored before they get tired during cardio workouts. If you find yourself struggling to stay occupied when you run, consider the following tips to help keep you engaged.

Run somewhere new. Abandon your usual routine, and run somewhere completely different. A change in scenery and running surface can make running seem new again. It is also a good idea to run to a destination so that you have an end goal other than time elapsed or miles completed.

Mix up your pace. Interval running can break a long workout into shorter segments of fast and slow running, which can help you stay engaged. Many runners are getting into the Fartlek method of running, which involves changing speed from jogging to sprinting to running as the mood strikes.

Work on a mental task. Because of the production of endorphins and the increased oxygen to the brain, many people are at their most creative and alert while running. This makes it an excellent time to work on solving a problem or brainstorming. Other runners like to meditate, count, or play mental games as they run. Remember to watch out for traffic and other hazards if you try this method.