Make running more fun

20 April 2017 by
First published: 24 January 2016

Running isn’t just about hitting the pavement; there are plenty of ways you can make running more fun.  If you’re a bit bored of the same concrete landscapes, or maybe looking to push yourself and try something new then there’s a type of running for that! There are loads of different varieties of running out there to try, so step away from the treadmill, forget about road running and try one of these great options instead. Whether you fancy getting muddy, being a speed demon, or even heading up a mountain, there’s bound to be something for you.

Barefoot running

Why not kick off your shoes (or slip on a more minimal pair) and have a totally different running experience? In the last few years barefoot running has become much more popular with more and more people choosing to ditch bulky padded running shoes for something a bit more natural. While there’s debate around the benefits, some studies show that a more natural approach to footwear can reduce the impact running has on your body by encouraging a midfoot or forefoot heel strike. Barefoot running isn’t something you should jump in to, we’d suggest speaking to an expert before you take the plunge and making sure you have a nice gradual transition.

Trail running

Fancy a change of scenery? Fed up with seeing the same concrete blocks again and again as you run through the city? Trail running can be a great way to mix things up and inject a little adventure in to your run. Trail running presents a whole host of new challenges as you navigate different terrain. It’s just the ticket for a bored road runner! You might think you have to travel miles to get your trail fix, but if you look carefully you’ll find beautiful off-road trails in most cities ready for you to explore. Races like the Rail to Trail series have also made trail running much more accessible. If you fancy trail running, it’s worth investing in a decent pair of trail shoes that’ll protect your feet and ankles.

Fell running

If you’re really looking to kick things up a gear and test yourself then fell running is a fantastic option. You’ll literally be running up and down mountains! Yes, it’s tough, but fell running is so rewarding and very different to any other running experience. If you’re up for the challenge, the best way to get involved is to find a fell running club where you can learn how to navigate the mountains safely. Don’t worry if you’re not the fastest, fell running is all about adventure, challenge and taking a moment to appreciate the view.


If you’ve never tried running on a track then you’re missing out! There’s a lot of fun to be had testing your limits and pushing yourself to run as fast as you can, plus it’s an amazing way to improve your fitness. If you fancy getting involved most running clubs host weekly track meetings where you’ll have the support and encouragement of lots of other runners and you can challenge yourself to pick up the pace.

Mud running

What better way to mix things up than to throw in some obstacles, water and lots (and lots) of mud? This is a great way to add a new dimension to your running. Hauling yourself up, over and under obstacles is a total body workout and you’ll end up using muscles that wouldn’t get to work out on a classic run. Not to mention that mud races are the most fun! So grab your friends and get dirty!