If your running has felt uninspired lately, you might be trying to force yourself to run in a way that doesn’t line up with your personality, spirit animal, Myers-Briggs type or your sign. There are plenty of ways to define your personality and character traits, but none is quite as popular as the tried-and-true astrological signs.
Take a look at these running recommendations based on your horoscope — your running outlook might be about to change … if the stars align.
August 23–September 22
Key traits: Practical and analytical
For this earth sign, 5K and 10K races are the perfect distance. They’re practical because you can train for them on limited time — you know exactly how much free time you have to spend on your running and can design a training plan for either distance based on how many hours per week you can dedicate to running — no accidental overbooking for you! Your analytical nature comes in handy as well, because both 5- and 10K races are short enough you can really hone in on speedwork and crunch the numbers to hit your next PR. Your only challenge will come in races when things aren’t going according to plan: Sometimes, your logical brain finds it difficult to deal with random problems like GI distress at mile 1.
September 23–October 22
Key traits: Social and diplomatic
You’re at your best when leading a run club. In running groups, diplomacy is key: The faster runners need to feel like they’re getting in a workout, while the newer runners fear being left behind. Fortunately, you’re a natural-born leader and thrive in situations like this. In fact, leading a run club can help push you to be your best: You need to be strong enough to keep up with the faster runners, but strong enough to also run back to keep the new runner in the group company while he or she finishes the last mile. Your challenge is it’s easy to get burned out or overtrained while trying to make sure everyone else is happy and healthy, so pay attention to what your body is telling you, not just what your new friends are saying.
October 23–November 21
Key traits: Passionate and resourceful
Your resourcefulness makes races that feature trail running with an orienteering component perfect for you. Poorly marked trail? No GPS? No problem, you have a map in your pack and you can check directions easily on the compass you jammed in your pocket. You’re a great run leader as well — whenever someone has a problem on the route, you have a solution. Added to that, you love running so much you’re happy to share your knowledge with trail-runner friends. Your biggest running challenge is you’re so naturally resourceful it can be hard for you to ask for help or to take advice, even when you could really use it to improve your training.
November 22–December 21
Key traits: Extroverted and funny
An obstacle course race (OCR) team is going to be the most fun type of race for you — that, or the goofiest 5K you can find. You’re happy to run in a costume, and the idea of helping teammates make their way over or through a wall of fire in an obstacle course race sounds like a lot more fun than slogging out the last 10 miles of a marathon. Your biggest challenge comes when your teammates are tired and you’re left with the responsibility of being the optimistic one (since you always are!) even when you’re exhausted, too.
December 22–January 19
Key traits: Independent and disciplined
You’re perfectly suited to marathon-distance training, which requires high levels of discipline and independence. As someone who prefers training solo, you won’t get bored logging plenty of miles on your own, and your disciplined nature makes it easy for you to stick to your training plan and avoid the under- and over-training pitfalls marathoners often fall into. Your ability to stick to a plan helps you on race day — you’d never go out too hot simply because you “felt good!” Your greatest challenge will be working with a coach or joining with a group to do certain speed workouts: As an independent person, you might have trouble taking advice or training smoothly with others.
January 20–February 18
Key traits: Imaginative and original
As an ultra-creative type, you might find races to be a bit stifling. That’s why you’re best suited for a more ‘choose your own adventure’ type of challenge — the idea of being constrained by a race course or specific time cuts isn’t for you. Rather than signing up for a traditional race, find a personal goal and set a date for it. That might mean running a ‘race’ course you design in your town or planning a long 20-mile run across a mountain you’ve had on your bucket list for years. You don’t need a sign-up sheet for a result to matter. Your biggest hurdle is definitely sticking to a training plan: Pre-set workouts don’t always suit your creative spirit!
February 19–March 20
Key traits: Affectionate and empathetic
As an empathetic runner, you’re well-suited to events where you’re partnered up. That may look like guiding, working with a para-athlete or helping a new runner in his or her first race. You’re probably well-known already as the “team mom” or “cheerleader” of your running crew, and you’re always the one friends turn to when they need a pacer, a timer or a crew member for their next running challenge. Your greatest obstacle will be working on your own athletic goals — some selfishness is required on the way to your next PR.
March 21–April 19
Key traits: Dynamic and competitive
Racing on the track in short courses or 5Ks might appeal to your more dynamic, competitive spirit. High-intensity intervals are your best friend, and joining a weekly track workout is likely the inspiration you need to keep pushing your limits. Short-course efforts like a 5K are ideal for you since the races are ultra-competitive, but won’t take huge amounts of hourly mileage to see results and excel. (And admit it, you turn every run, even a rest day jog to the coffee shop, into a race if you’re running with a friend.)
April 20–May 20
Key traits: Strong and creative
You’re good at long endurance, but running the road for hours at a time? Too boring for someone as creative as you! Trail marathons might be your perfect match, since they require serious strength but can also appeal to your creative side. You can use trail runs to give you inspiration and a creativity boost in your work/art — or simply consider flowing down a trail choosing the right lines to be a creative endeavor. Your primary hurdle? Dealing with the days when you do have to do boring miles on straight roads in order to get your workout done.
May 21–June 20
Key traits: Extroverted and versatile
Relay racing is the perfect stimulus for your extroverted self, and provides the dynamic change-ups you need to stay interested in running. Bring your crew of friends to a relay marathon, ultra-marathon or obstacle course race and enjoy the camaraderie as well as the competition. Each year, change up your challenge with a new style of running or a new venue to appeal to your love of change. Your biggest challenge? Those solo runs that need to be done so you can excel on race day, but feel so dull in comparison to the excitement of racing with your crew.
June 21–July 22
Key traits: Compassionate and protective
As a compassionate runner, you probably prefer spending most of your time running quietly in nature, but when it comes to racing, you’re well-suited for choosing charity runs that are raising funds for causes you truly believe in. Your naturally helpful, protective nature makes you great at combining your running passion with a desire to help others, so you could also consider volunteering with a local running team or charity where you can act as a mentor to new runners. Your greatest challenge on race day, though, will be racing to win: You’re often so aware of others’ feelings that it might be hard to sprint around a competitor!
July 23–August 22
Key traits: Dramatic and outgoing
If you’re all about the drama, obstacle course racing is the obvious choice for you. With fire, electricity, mud, water and barbed wire, there’s never a dull moment in an OCR-style race. The atmosphere is dynamic and loud, and your outgoing nature thrives in these conditions. Jump 10 feet into a muddy lake before heading out on another 10K lap? Not a problem for you. Your greatest challenge will be dealing with training for these wild conditions on your own, so consider adding in some boot camp-style classes to give you a vibrant group of people to train with once or twice a week.