Do you run the same routes every day, or do you change things up? I am a creature of habit when it comes to running routes. I have about 5 routes that I run all the time. I did change things up much more when I was marathon training. Now, for my everyday runs, I stick to the same set of routes. However, I do like to alternate them! I don’t like to run the same route more than once a week.
1. The close-to-home route
This is the route I run the most these days. I know I will never be more than a mile from home. There are hardly any cars, and I always see the same runners and dog walkers. It’s also pretty flat. The biggest problem with this route is it get’s so boring!
2. The long run adjustable route
I haven’t done this route since last winter, but it’s basically a 2 mile run to a lake, and then I can circle the lake as many times as needed. It has a sidewalk and is about 1.75 miles all the way around. It’s pretty hilly but I like knowing what to expect.
3. The long run loop
When I am feeling confident about my distance (at least 8 miles) I do a loop. This is something I will just do on the weekends because I don’t like running it in the dark. There are some hills in the beginning, but then the end is pretty flat.
4. The quiet neighborhood route
This one also isn’t too far from home. There are some townhouse and apartment developments pretty close by where I can run that are pretty quiet. I feel like I never go too fast because there are a lot of turns and some hills. I can kind of zone out and just go in all different directions without thinking much about it.
5. The out and back flat route
When I know how far I want to run I sometimes do a straight out and back. There are a few long lights and the out part is slightly uphill. But then you know that you get the downhill on the way back! I like seeing that my paces are faster at the end of my run.
Oh and we can’t forget about the bad luck running route! But I won’t include that in this list.
Do you run the same routes every day?
What are the factors you think about when choosing where to run?