I’ve never actively maintained an exercise routine, so after four months of running at least three days a week, I’m feeling good. Problem is, I run on a treadmill and I’m getting bored (no matter how much I love the Outlander series).
This is what I see when I run. Do I want to see this when I run? Not really.
I want to see this when I run!
Running alone in nature: the excuses
I think it’s so important for us, as parents and individuals, that we go out in nature too. Not only is it great for us but you’re modeling healthy practices and enjoyment in nature for your children.
Excuses have always held me back. They started before I even got on the treadmill.
- I don’t have enough time because I work, blog and take care of the kids
- I can’t exercise with the kids around
- I’m always so tired
Thankfully I’ve pushed through those excuses. I get up at 5am when the kids are asleep, I run on my treadmill and am a lot less tired because I’m healthier.
After four months of running on the treadmill though, I’m bored. I looked out at the bush walk behind my house and knew that’s where I’d prefer to be. I want to spend at least one day a week running outside, in nature.
Again, the excuses crept back in:
- The kids are home, I can’t go out to run.
- It’s dangerous to go running alone, especially in the bush.
- It’s so much easier to just get on the treadmill.
I need to push through these excuses too. Here’s how I’m convincing myself.
Tips for running alone in nature
Kids are home
Yes, they are at home, but there is at least one day a week that their Daddy is home at the same time in the morning, so I must go then!
Really, the treadmill isn’t easier. I just think it is. By the time I set up the treadmill, I’d be out the back gate and running through the trees. That’s not a valid excuse.
This is what’s really holding me back. It’s not the bush I’m worried about, it’s the human predators. Although this is a valid excuse, the likelihood of me being attacked is pretty low. There’s got to be many ways I can reduce my risk of being in danger while running in the bush (not all are always feasible though).
– Take a friend
– Ride a bike instead
– Take a phone
– Take a loud alarm (affliate link)
-Don’t use earphones
– Stay alert
I think even having a few of those tools to reduce our risk makes us feel safer and more confident running alone in nature. We don’t want to feel scared and nervous running in the bush. All of us want to feel rejuvenated, powerful and at one with the earth.
Guess when my first bush running session is—tomorrow!
Do you have any other helpful tips to make me feel less fearful and nervous? Is there any more advice you’d give me to stop me from chickening out?