Whether you have lived in the same neighborhood for years or recently settled in new state…now is the time to explore. Have you ever found yourself wondering where that path leads or if that forest has a trail? Take a couple minutes to convince your running buddies to check it out.
During my high school days I lived a stones throw away from some of the best trails in my hometown. It was not until I ventured to college that I was introduced to these trails. I was actually quite embarrassed to tell ‘the guys’ that I live ‘right there’ as we ran by and had never set foot on this dirt path. Needless to say, I was not much of an explorer when it came to my running.
As a pure-blooded track guy at the time, I was a tad hesitant to move away from my familiar routes. I knew how long each loop or out and back run should take, whether or not I was having a good day or a bad day within the first minute and eighteen seconds, and who I might see along the way. I enjoyed those amenities.
Below are 5 tips on how to enjoy a new route.
1) Check out mapmyrun.com: You can design your own route, see routes that others in your area have saved, and share your new routes with others in your community.
2) How far do you live from work? Is there anywhere close by that you can shower? A lot of people find running to work a very rewarding experience. It also gives your run purpose.
3) Enjoy a recovery run. When you don’t know the route, it is hard to judge your run. This can be a good thing. If you typically run 8 minute miles on your recovery days, and your new route took you 32 minutes, call it an even 4 miles.
4) Find a new group or person to run with. Check out these 5 Tips for Creating Your Own Training Group.
5) Run to a friend or family members home. This can be a great way to inspire friends and family. If you have an 18 miler planned next Sunday, and your sister lives 9 miles away, ask her if she would be willing to set up an aid station for you.
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.