Tips & Tricks To #RunForFun

Tips & Tricks To #RunForFun

Make your next run fun! (Photo:

Want to put more fun in your run? I do! Check out Shape and Fitness Magazines30 Day #RunForFun Challenge, designed to get you moving each day and having fun.

Fitness reached out to me—along with 29 other runners—for a fave run-for-fun tip. I promise you’ll find a few new-to-you ideas that will refresh your next outing. I certainly did, like…

Day 9: Play ‘I Spy’
Day 11: Pick A Feel-Good Scent
Day 16: Let your S.O. or BFF make your playlist
Day 22: Wear a Sign
Day 23: Collect Coins

I’ve never done any of those! Some of the other tips are oldies but goldies that I keep in my arsenal, and seeing them again is a great reminder. 

My tip is Day 12 of the challenge. If you’ve ever read my blog before, you can probably guess it pretty easily. Did you guess right?

30-Day Running Challenge: 30 Ways to #RunForFun

But in addition to my tip in the 30-Day #RunForFun Challenge, here are five other tricks I use to keep me fleet of feet and young at heart.

RunKarlaRun’s #RunForFun Tricks

Tips & Tricks To #RunForRun

We can make believe… (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Play Mind Games:
Who says pretend is just for kids? You’re a great white shark chasing seals. You’re running to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Watch out, a velociraptor is chasing you! Ahhh! My favorite? I’m a lion hunting gazelles. I don’t sprint, I stalk. And I pick off runners in front of me slowly. One. By. One. Playing pretend while I run keeps me entertained for miles and miles.

Put Your Music On Shuffle:
When you have no idea what song might come next, every few minutes bring a pleasant surprise. I’ll put my entire MP3 player—all 700 songs—on shuffle to keep my music unpredictable. Sure, I have to skip a song here and there, but shuffle is one of my favorite ways to keep my run fresh.

Forgotten jams often inspire a fist pump. “I Got A Man” by Positive K anyone? Or “Wonder Woman” aka the ’70s TV show theme song? Or “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring? And sometimes I discover unexpected songs that are great for running like “Trying My Best To Love You” by Jenny Lewis. Would have never put that one on a running mix, but it really peps me when it pops up. I get lost in the lyrics and dig deep for those few minutes.

Tips & Tricks To #RunForFun

Run errands instead of driving. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Run Errands—Literally:
Multitask by running your next set of errands on foot. It’s bonus mileage, so who cares about going fast or far? Wear a tight fitting backpack or carry a plastic shopping tucked under your arm football style. These are my favorite no-pressure miles and I get to kill two birds with one stone.

It’s especially fun on New York City sidewalks with tourists, commuters, and other folks to dodge (cue my make-believe inner wide receiver). Plus, it takes me to areas of the city I’d normally never run. Literally running errands makes both the run and the errand more fun.

Volunteer At A Race:
There’s no better runspiration than watching folks cross the finish line. Except maybe hanging a medal around their necks when they do. Or handing them a cup of water or any of the jobs volunteers fill. Giving runners a shout-out at the finish might be what I love most about being a race announcer. Working a race, no matter the distance, always inspires my next run.

Tips & Tricks To #RunForFun

See the world…or your hometown. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Be A Running Tourist:
Try a new locale. But don’t just run. Leave your music behind, forget about your pace, and take in your surroundings. Whether you’re on city streets or in the wilderness, focusing on the sites, scents, and sounds will make your run breeze by.

I especially love this while traveling, like my latest trip to Norway. And finding a new route in your hometown freshens up your routine something fierce. I’ve done this recently in NYC, forgoing my usual stomping grounds of Central Park (along with my watch and music) for the less bucolic, grittier East River. No, it’s not beautiful. But I’ve noticed signs, sites, and stretches I’ve never really seen before. It’s really refreshed my routine.

How do you #RunForFun?
Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2015

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  1. 1

    Not sure if this counts as making my run fun, but as a teacher I often figure out lesson plans in my head while I run. I enjoy the uninterrupted time to think through ideas and I am often at my most creative when running. Suddenly the kms have flown by AND I have my lessons done for the next day. A win-win!
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  2. 3

    Haha, love this post! I could really use these tips, ‘cuz lately, my runs have been pretty ho-hum. I have DEFINITELY run errands on foot — I’ve run with a little backpack when I need to pick up a couple of things from the grocery store, I’ve run to the post office, bank, etc. — kill two birds, right? 😉

  3. 5

    These are great tips!! I am always looking for ways to make my runs more fun!!
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