As most runners will tell you, the sport can become an addiction, even if you never envisioned enjoying the activity. But a love of running can come with nagging aches that can lead to runner’s burnout.

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As runner and writer Alison Feller explains, this condition can be avoided. Some signs that you might be over-running include irritability and fatigue as well as feeling anxiety instead of joy at the thought of going for a run. You might also notice that despite all of those miles running, you’re not getting any better by either increasing pace or distance. And of course, the most obvious way to know that you’ve come down with runner’s burnout is by noticing that every jog feels like a chore.

To reignite your love of running, Feller recommends doing the following:

Go Tech-Free

Tracking your miles or heart rate can become an addiction, but being too into the numbers can make running feel like a drag. Sometimes it’s discouraging to see that one day’s run is at a slower pace than the previous day. Aim to include jogs without a GPS watch or heart rate monitor.

Make It Social

Find a few friends and make running your weekly ritual. It doesn’t matter if you jog at different paces as the point isn’t to focus on the athleticism but rather on fun. If you don’t have any friends who are into the pastime, you can find running Meetups or groups through the gym.

Seek Out Variety

Doing the same routine for every run will undoubtedly get boring. Feller believes that changing up your scenery, distance, and pace will help make runs seem new.

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To see all of Feller’s tips, check out the graphic, which has more information on how to avoid runner’s burnout as well as recovery tips.


Source: Blog

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