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Best Places to Run

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If you have not started running, you may not understand why runners must run on a regular basis. Running is truly a joy to anyone that likes striding through the cool mornings and basking in the still rising sun. But with the burgeoning urban landscape, finding a practical and enjoyable place to run is getting harder and harder. Some people have no recourse but to start running in the confines of their own home. However, using a treadmill, while convenient, does not match the joy of running outdoors.

Other people, on the other hand, will jog anywhere – as long as there are roads. But being new to running, they are desperately looking for a place to run that will make the most of their running experience. If you are one of the people mentioned above, then here are some tips to help you find the perfect place for you to run with abandon.

First of all, you have to consider what kind of runner you are. Are you a busy runner trying to fit a running regimen into an already too hectic schedule? Or are you a serious athlete wanting to get the most effect out of a serious run? The kind of runner you are will largely determine what location you will want to choose for your running.

If you are a busy person that wants to have 15 minutes to an hour (which for you is already too long!) to jog, your neighborhood will probably be enough as a running ground.

This is, of course, only if your neighborhood is safe, and even then, you will still want to confine your running to the early mornings since later in the day, there will be too many people disturbing your tranquil jog. Early mornings will also be the best time for you to run. If there is a park nearby, and you don’t mind doing laps around an area, then by all means drop by a park. Parks are an all-time favorite of joggers, and you will not find yourself out of place at such places.

Do keep in mind that for your type of running, you will want to keep yourself to flat ground. Rough roads and challenging slopes, especially slippery ones, will increase the chances that you will get injured. And for a busy person – and one that jogs for leisure at that – that would be disaster. You will want to jog at a leisurely pace to further lessen the risks that you get sprained, pulled muscles and such.

For those looking for a more strenuous kind of running, and who are not that pressed for time as their urban colleagues, a trip to the nearest outlying hills would be nice. Or any paved pathway that is near nature is a great place to run.

If you are looking for slopes, inclines and other challenging courses, you will probably find one in the vicinity. Just make sure the place is safe and conducive to running. While a lush environment is lovely on the eyes, a place near civilization is best in case of sudden emergencies.

You will want to map a path around the area you are running to make sure there are no hitches in your running plan. Also, serious runners will always have company somewhere near, just in case.

But then again, sometimes, such areas are too far off to be practical to visit regularly multiple times a week. If this is the case, you will want to consider your immediate neighborhood as your running grounds. You can still make your run challenging by incorporating a few ingenious alternatives. You could even try a flight of stairs or something just as challenging.

Also, it would be great to be able to get acquainted with fellow runners who may give you a hint at great running haunts. A running buddy wouldn’t be such idea either as running buddies can motivate as well as provide great companionship.

Whether you run seriously or for leisure, one thing to consider when running is the number of people present in any given area. Crowded areas are a nightmare for runners, so find a time of day that the people in an area taper off, or are still fast asleep. Or better yet find an area that is peaceful and quiet. That's why parks are always a popular choice followed by quiet lanes or roads. However, when running or jogging alone, always keep to the main track and be aware of your personal safety at all times.

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