Sometimes, the best motivation is the reward that comes from getting out of your comfort zone and exploring new ground. Mixing up your running surface not only trains different muscle groups due to variation in form, but also inspires you to go further, try new things, and spark new passion.
So where do you want to go?
Surface Type: Smooth, hard, and mostly even.
Location: Right Outside
The easiest running track you have is the one outside your doorstep, on the streets and paths. Simply step out and go. Whether you’re at home or work, running through the city is the most accessible. If you’re in the city, you can run at anytime of day or night in an area familiar to you.
There are hundreds of ways to explore a 5km radius. Go find them.
Surface Type: Rough, soft low impact, uneven.
If you want to reach the next level, a trail is a good way to do it. Whether it’s through a beautiful forest or a vast country scene, a trail can take you further than you ever thought possible. Some trails will have distance markers, which are great for setting goals. But if a trail doesn’t have markers, no problem.
Chasing after the view itself will inspire you to go further, get out there, see more.
Surface Type: Smooth, medium, very even.
Location: Gyms, athletic grounds, fitness centres.
If you’re performance-focused, there’s no better running terrain than your local running track. Not only is the surface even and composed of softer materials, they are also marked so that you can easily time yourself. Run your laps at different speeds to do an interval workout. A burst of energy followed by a slower recovery lap will build endurance and fitness.
Every lap inspires you to do another, helping to push yourself toward your goals and even surpass them.
Whatever you prefer, make sure you mix it up by exploring new options. A running regime with a combination of inspiring scenery, easy access, and predictable goal setting will not only improve your form, but also encourage you to consistently break #NewGround.