What happens when we get bored of our regular running route? We can deal with it, or we can choose a new one to add to our rotations.
But how do we go about selecting that new route? Here are some thoughts on how to pick a new course for your miles.
Is It Reasonably Accessible?
The main thing is to make sure your new running route is accessible. You don’t want to have to travel too far to get there, and once there you want to make sure there is safe parking and an entry to the path you plan to take. If you have to drive forever and then can’t actually get to the place you want to run, it’s probably not going to be a great longterm addition to your route options.
Is It Safe?
Assess the safety of your new running route. Are there sidewalks or trails to keep you away from vehicular traffic? Can you get light from street lamps along the way? Is it in a populated area where it might be easy to get help in an emergency? These are things to keep in mind. Remote locations are fabulous, but also come with a litany of logistics to make sure you are safe and protected.
Does It Motivate You?
Is your new route motivating? When you switch from your normal locations, it helps to have views that move you and inspire you on your run. Look for routes with that little special something: an elevation change, a new vibe, incredible scenery, or anything that’s going to excite you. Those special moments can mean the world to your self-encouragement, so make the most of the destinations at your disposal.
What are some things you look for in a new running route?
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