Most of us are creatures of habit. Eating the same breakfast every day, driving the same route to the office every day, running the same route each run. I have a basic route that I use for long runs, just adding more distance on the end to increase miles. Last Saturday when I was about 6 miles into my 20 mile run I got stopped by a traffic light at an intersection. Usually I wait until the light changes and then cross and continue. But Saturday I made the impulse decision to cross over to the other side of the street with the light and then cross again when that light changed. S o now I was heading the same direction I always do but I was on the other side of the street. All of a sudden I saw houses and stores I’d never seen before. It was like I had a whole new route. Although I was only four lanes of traffic away from my usually route I felt like I had never been down that street.
A small change of scenery can give you a fresh perspective and new energy. Try it. Next time I may run the route in reverse, starting out the direction I usually finish. I know, that’s just plain crazy!