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Top 5 Tips for Creative Run Workouts


Mixing things up on runs can keep your motivation high.
Mixing things up on runs can keep your motivation high.
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Why jog when you can chase? Every week, thousands of "Hash House Harriers" meet around the world to do just that. The groups run "hashes" -- an event loosely structured like an English fox hunt. A small team of "Hares" run ahead to break a trail, and a pack of "Hounds" struggle to catch them. Runners show up in costumes, and they sometimes show up in red dresses. After the run, most of the groups will kick back with a social event known as an "On-In." The On-In could be a pub crawl, a barbecue or a simple kiddie pool filled with refreshments.

The runs are fun, they're social and they're zany -- which is probably why they're so popular. In 2010, there were 1909 Hash House Harrier running groups in 183 countries [source: Hash House Harriers]. In urban centers such as New York or Chicago, a single run can bring out more than 1,000 "hashers." According to hashers, the idea of the run is to recreate the childhood feeling of running for fun -- rather than for exercise.

It's not always easy maintaining a regular workout. Sure, you can hit the trails when it's sunny and warm, but if you're tired, busy or sore from spending last night on a lumpy futon, that pair of running shoes gets a little harder to lace up. That's why, just like the hashers, it's important to make sure you keep your running routines fun and enjoyable. Be inventive -- keeping your workout fresh is the best way to ensure you keep it a routine.

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