Track, Trail or Road; Town or Country? What's your favourite place to run?

  • runnermtl

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    Mar 03, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
    What is your favourite place to run and why?

    I prefer running on trails in parks because there's plenty to look at to keep me distracted, the terrain varies, it's convenient to my home and I don't have to worry about vehicle traffic.

    PS: Also looking for new Nike+ contacts
  • Lincsbear

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    Mar 03, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    I look for a variety of places, roads, public footpaths, river and sea walls, etc. to keep me interested and not bored.
    I particularly enjoy runs by water, rivers, and sea.
    Increasingly, it`s off road running for me, more challenging, and safer(no motor traffic). The beach looks perfect, harder effort, yet easy on the feet and legs.
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    Mar 03, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    I prefer trails. There's more to look at, a variety of terrain, less congestion, and no stop and go because of street traffic. It's much more peaceful.
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    Mar 03, 2013 10:37 PM GMT

    Though I have been treadmill-bound due to team obligations and motivating a tubby developer to drop forty pounds.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Mar 03, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Trails but not too many around the university so track!
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    Mar 03, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Trails in the countryside. I live in a spectacular area for running where I can be in the surrounding fields and forests and grasslands in it, although the hills (mountains) can be punishing
  • Whipmagic

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    Mar 03, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    Trail, by far. I usually run on the Potowatomi Trail, a technically somewhat challenging trail with various loops, the longest 17 miles. They also have an annual trail marathon / half marathon there.
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    Mar 03, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    Trails. If it is warm enough, I run through a civil war park and it has graves and cannons and monuments when running through it. Lots to look at it, and its a good way for markers..

    "Okay I'll stop at the Cannon"

    Gets to the cannon

    "The monument is only .5 miles away, I can do another .5 before I take a break"

    And so on and so, and I usually do 4.5 miles.
  • vodka_cran

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    Mar 03, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    It depends on the situation. If I am training and by myself I normally run on a set of paved trails that have replaced some of the old railroad tracks, which is mostly in the countryside. Its semi scenic and the section I normally run only has 6 road intersections over 6.5 miles and is normally fairly quiet. I hate running on unpaved trails or rough pavement, just seems to be asking for trouble.

    However, in a race environment, I love being surrounded by people. I've run races on Air Force bases with almost no spectators on the course, and races in major cities. There is something about the energy of the crowd that gives you that extra motivation to keep pushing harder. And it makes it that much more gratifying to pass someone. icon_twisted.gif
  • suedeheadscot

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    Mar 03, 2013 11:08 PM GMT
    not had much opportunity to do trail running (think I'm more snail running rather than trail running these days) but when in Birmingham, I prefer to run near the canals in the summer time, as it just seems a bit more peaceful and serene. Although I am convinced one of these days I will fall in, thanks to some hazardous narrow pathways....
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    Mar 03, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    Generally prefer trails, or beach side. There's just something about uneven surfaces that your mind cannot predict that keeps you on your feet!
  • runnermtl

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    Mar 07, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    This is pretty conclusive but I agree with @vodka_cran about the motivation of running next to people. It's been strangely icy (rather than snowy) here lately, so I've been running on an indoor track. Although it's more monotonous than the park, the lack of distractions (including surface) means that I can really focus on getting my intervalls right, and yes, jogging along side another random guy really does encourage me to put in an extra effort.

    I'd love to try an actual wildnerness running trail at some point (our Mount Royal park was designed by the same guy who did Central Park, so its hardly a challenge in terms of the tracks...) I have a fantasy of running through the desert at dawn.
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    Mar 07, 2013 12:51 PM GMT
    I love a nice country road to go running on
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    Mar 07, 2013 1:16 PM GMT
    I like to run in my hampster wheel. Whheeeeee!icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 17, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Prefer trails in a park because it gets me out of town and it's nice to have some different terrain and different scenery. Although if I'm doing some speedwork an outdoor track is much, much better than any of the indoor tracks available around here.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Mar 17, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Dirt trails in the woods/state parks.
  • jock_n_ca

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    Mar 17, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Trail and/or Road. Track bores me to tears...