Why making a running bucket list?
Simply because working out, staying active week in and out, keeping your motivation high isn't as easy as everyone who's managing it likes to make it look!
It takes planning, preparation, dedication but most of all variation!
And that's exactly why your bucket list can help you stay motivated! 'Cause it can challenge you to spice up your training scheme and keep the fun in it so you don't get bored out by doing the same old training over and over again!
#1 : run a (half) marathon
Last year I ran my very first half marathon - Crêtes de Spa 21K trailrun.
Why? Because I like to challenge myself, push my limits, ... but also because:
- I love working towards a goal. It simply keeps me motivated when I visualize myself running over the finnish!
- it helped me overcome my procrastination. Because I used to have the tendency to put off things I should be focussing on, but didn't feel like it. Which caused me to have to do things in a hurry to get it done in time.
But while training for a (half) marathon you simply can't keep postponing your training so you learn to just do it whether you feel like it or not! Because if you don't manage your time wisely, your days fly by and once the day is over, that time is gone forever!
- there's simply nothing as rewarding than accomplishing such a large goal. No matter how slow you ran, you still did it! Besides "slow & steady wins the race" !
#2 : music fartlek training
I love fartlek! It reminds me of childhood when I was running around on the playground running faster, slower, walking, sprinting, ... there are no set paces nor distances! Just a change to play with speed and distance to challenge yourself and put back the fun in your run!
You can use all kinds of triggers to change up your speed. You could use streetlights and run at topspeed 'till you reach the next light, followed by a recovery walk/jog.
Or put on your favorite playlist and let the music control you pace. You'll feel more energetic and motivated in no time! Honestly, go try it!
#3 : trail run
Trailrunning helps me clear my mind, enjoy nature's beauty and helps me come up with new creative ideas!
Trailrunning is also a more gentle way of running for your knees, ankles, hips, ... because of the soft surface. Some of the forces that would normally be transmitted from the pavement up to the ankles, knees, shins, and hips are dissipated when the foot hits the ground on the trails because there’s some give there.
It also keeps your mind busy while running. Because running and exercising in general is also a mental challenge since your body achieves what the mind believes. While running in the streets can become somewhat boring and monotonously, running in the woods challenges your mind AND body 'cause you'll be so busy looking out for branches & tree roots that you won't even realise you're already halfway there!
#4 : reading + running = story run
This one's actually a tip from one of my fitgirls who's following personal training with me!
Initially she didn't really like running, but she does like reading. So she combined them both to make running more fun and to be able to keep making time for her passion. This way she was able to keep reading (listening to) beautiful stories AND working out! Ain't that just the perfect combination of both worlds?
Besides, just like trailrunning and fartlek training .. this way of working out gets your mind of your painful legs, tired out feet, burning lungs, bored out mind, ...
#5 : discover new routes
This one's probably one of the most easiest ways to step (or better yet run) out of your comfort zone, 'cause that's where the magic happens!
So start your next run in the opposite direction, turn left where you're used to go right, keep going when you're used to stop and turn around, ...
Or simply find a runningbuddy and try out each other's running routes
#6 : go for a figurerun
Last but not least ... go get creative!
Go outside and discover new places while running and getting fit. The competition is not about your running speed or distance, it’s all about drawing.
And you don't even have to be an artist or gotta have drawing skills for it. All you need are your runningshoes and a app or sportwatch that tracks your running-route so you can admire your running-art!
Hi, mijn naam is Lena en als gediplomeerd sportcoach wil ik de mensen rond mij motiveren, inspireren & helpen om hun leven over een gezonde(re) boeg te gooien