Today is Earth Day!
I’m definitely my happiest self when I’m outside. Something about the fresh air, disconnection from all the distractions, and movement is the perfect combination for me and it always keeps me coming back for more.Insert: my love for running. I have really been loving all of the outdoors runs I’ve been getting in with our gym being closed the past month and 1/2. It honestly has been a much-needed break from the old trusty treadmill. So, today I thought it would be so much fun to share how I keep myself entertained on my runs! Outdoor runs, to be more specific.
Maybe you’re new to running or maybe not but we all find ourselves getting a little bit bored logging mile after mile. Luckily, I’ve found plenty of ways to enjoy my runs while also enjoying the benefits of getting outside and soaking in all the fresh air and sunshine all at the same time. The next time you’re heading out the door prepared for a long run or are just needing to mix up your run entertainment, check out this list before you lace up!
In honor of this outdoorsy “holiday,” I hope you get to spend some time outside doing something you love and appreciating all the beautiful things our earth has to offer.
Let’s get right to it!
I’ve been listening to podcasts for a little over 3ish years now and they never get old. There’s always something new to listen to and it seriously keeps me entertained for hours. It’s fun because the topics range from health to random interviews to current events and seriously everything in between. If you’ve not jumped on the podcast bandwagon, you’ve got to get in on this. I promise you’ll find something to keep you entertained on your run with a good podcast.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Playlists on Spotify:
I’m somewhat of a newbie to Spotify as I listened to Pandora 100% of the time up until last year. Well, I had a Spotify account but didn’t really use it until late last year. So, I’ve got a serious new love for all the magic of the Spotify playlists, especially on the run. Their libraries that are put together based on your interests are my favorites so I’m always <3 songs to make sure they put together even better playlists based on my likes of different songs.
Here’s my favorite running playlist right now. I need to update it but this one always gets me in the mood for a good run workout and keeps me putting one foot in front of the other.
I love listening to a good book. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do love an actual handheld hardback (or paperback) book. But, when I’m on the run or out for a good walk, I love zoning out with a good read. It’s crazy how much faster I can get through books when they’re playing in my ears and someone else is reading it to me. ha! I feel like it can take me forever to read through an actual book, but that’s the complete opposite when it comes to audiobooks.
Here are a few of my favorite reads:
Virtual Run Classes:
Okay, so this is on my to-do list THIS week. I’m super excited to try out One Peloton run classes. You may or may not have heard that One Peloton is offering a 90 day free trial of their app and I signed up a few weeks back to try it with my indoor bike trainer. Well, I’m loving that but saw that they also offer run classes to! I’ve heard nothing but good things about them and can’t wait to try one out. I’m 100% sure it’ll keep me entertained and motivated through the miles. I know there are a bunch of apps out there similar to this, so if you’ve taken one let me know in the comments below!
Of course, there are tons of other ways to entertain yourself on the run indoors with things like Netflix, YouTube documentaries/channels, and virtual trail views and things but I thought I’d be fun to list everything I use and love when it comes to enjoying the outdoors on the run!
I hope these ideas helped spark a little bit of inspiration to keep you entertained on your run today and for many miles to come!
In the meantime, cheers to Earth Day and ALL the outdoor runs!
Questions for YOU:
How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? Got any plans to get outside?
What’s your favorite way to stay entertained on the run?
What was your most recent read? Do you like Audiobooks or no?