1. Getting creative with the built and/or natural environment
Why THANK you, stairs. I will in fact use you for stair running, calf stretches, and calf raises. You are so kind.
2. The Runner’s Nod
I often find that as I am passing other runners we exchange a smile or a nod as if we are saying “We are in this together, you’re doing great.” I’ve never tried high fiving someone on a treadmill because I fear I’ll fall off or accidentally push them off or something…..
Sometimes I smile and nod at a runner and they just look at me or stare straight past me so I just tell myself he or she was REALLY focused on his or her run and didn’t even notice my awesome gesture of running companionship and chivalry. I empathize with Tom Brady.
3. Utilizing Different Terrains and Built-in Hills
When running on a trail or the sidewalk, I’ll often switch over to the grass every once in a while. It’s great for your joints and it’s also just a nice change.
This is the hill I tackled during my half marathon. Nothing beats a natural hill….especially not running on an incline on a treadmill. Not my thing.
4. Nature, enough said
5. Exploring my city…or a new one!