Whether you're new to running, bored of your current loop, or you’re increasing mileage for training, knowing the good run routes can make all the difference. 

Some are content doing laps around the local park, but variety can help build stamina, training your body, and delight your mind.

Let’s go through some key factors to consider when plotting your next route.

  1. Safety

Always the most important consideration. You have to be safe so you can keep running. Look for light or low traffic, and avoid a lot of road crossings that interrupt your flow. 

A generous pavement provides space for shared use, and always run facing the traffic. Look for adequate lighting if you run in low light, and wear reflective/hi-vis gear so you’re easy to spot. 

  1. Match Goals

Curate your run to meet your training and fitness goals. Look for challenges without being off-putting. Pair your running surface and incline to match the event you might be training for, as well as your physical needs. You don’t want to be pounding the hard pavement when recovering from an injury. 

  1. Flexibility

The ability to adapt your run on the fly adds to the fun. A challenging hill you could tackle when it’s feeling good or shortcuts home if it’s not make for a more exciting time training. Adding in different surfaces like gravel, grass, and sand can keep your run feeling fresh. 

  1. Fun 

You need to want to do it. Feeling motivated to get out there and smash goals is what it’s all about. A great running route is one you genuinely enjoy and look forward to completing 

So get out there and explore new parts of your town or city, you might just uncover your new favourite route. 

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