When I started running two years ago, I was only running up to 3 miles. I somehow figured out a 5K route in my neighborhood, and it’s the same one I still use. Now that I’m running longer distances, I have to plan out my routes beforehand.
I live in a neighborhood with a good amount of roads, most of which I’ve run already. I spent my winter running the same 4 mile loop that was half hills, so it was miserable. I’m going to try my best to explain this:
To the north of my neighborhood is a main road, so if I run out of my neighborhood I can run up that main road, and after a left turn at a four-way stop, I’m in a new area that’s connected to another main road and has a bunch of side roads. To the south is also a main road, and at that four-way stop, I can run either way—left or right—and there are side roads off of that main road either way.
I’ve been running the main road to the north for a while, and it is a good route. I recently started running the main road to the south for a change of scenery. I think switching it up will prevent the dread of running from occurring.
When I started running out to the new roads, I used Map My Run to figure out the mileage, which I use with any new route. I don’t use the app when I run, but I’ll log into the website to figure out the miles. Once I run the route a few times, I get used to where the half mile and mile marks are (I set up my Nike Run Club app to let me know when I reach both).
However there are often flaws to me planning out my routes. Last month I accidentally ran 7 miles because I ran up a different road than I had planned on Map My Run. This week I ran 2 miles and completely miscalculated the route and it felt like I was running forever. I’m in my 10 mile training now, and my longer runs will be on the weekends. I have a route for 7 miles, so as the mileage increases, I’ll have to find 8, 9, and 10 mile routes. And ones that don’t have a ton of hills haha.
My running (or walking) friends: are there any particular ways you plan out your routes?