Planning your running route
How to decide where to run
If you're new to running then you may be considering where to go running. Planning your running route and the type of terrain your on is nearly as important as the type of running shoe you choose.
The great thing about running is you don’t need to spend loads of cash on running gear, invest in expensive gym membership or have find a whole team of runners to participate. Most runners can simply step outside their front door and go off on a run. However, planning a run or plotting a predetermined running route can have its benefits.
Run on softer ground
Most running beginners start off by running around the block or down roads by their home, but ideal places are parks, running trails or on grass (cut close and even). These sort of running environments tend to have softer ground so are more forgving on your joints.
Run facing traffic
If you run on busy roads, make sure you run facing the traffic so you can see cars coming at you. Footpaths are safer; however, beginners may suffer from common aches and pains such as 'shin splints' as result of hitting off hard concrete.
Clock your route in the car
You could even get out in your car and map out a course near your home; at least by using your mileage clock you’ll know exactly what distance you’re running.
Train on a running track
Or why not train on a track? Admittedly not the most scenic of routes, but it does have its advantages for the beginner. It’s smooth and soft, preventing injuries, and it allows you to continually monitor exactly how far you’ve been running. It also safer than running on busy roads.
Hill or cross-country
As your ability to run further increases, you can try more challenging areas such as hills or cross-country. Hills build muscles and cardiovascular strength while heading up and down grassed or muddy areas can actually reduce injuries with its soft natural shock-absorbing surfaces.
Make use of run mapping tools and gadgets
It is imperative in training — particularly if training for a marathon that you know exactly how many miles you’re running, so make use of all the tools out there, whether it's using our running route plannner or treating yourself to a nice GPS gadget which will track your running for you.